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You are not allowed to access the emulated folder.

Vista and later versions of Windows use a new concept of hidden junctions. In Windows Explorer, these junctions appear as hidden shortcuts, with File Folder properties.

They were created to make older XP-era program installations work. These installations use default XP folder names and locations that have been moved and renamed. Vista automatically redirects all attempts to access these folders.

The most common junction is "Documents and Settings" which is now "Users".

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Use a directory that is valid. The following list shows some of the more common alternative directories used in place of standard XP directories.

XP Directory Name Replacement Directory
C:\ProgramData\Application Data C:\ProgramData
C:\ProgramData\Desktop C:\Users\Public\Desktop
C:\ProgramData\Documents C:\Users\Public\Documents
C:\ProgramData\Favorites C:\Users\Public\Documents
C:\ProgramData\Start Menu C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
C:\ProgramData\Templates C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Templates
C:\Documents and Settings\Default User C:\Users\Default
C:\Documents and Settings\User\Application Data C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming
C:\Documents and Settings\User\Cookies C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies
C:\Documents and Settings\User\Local Settings C:\Users\User\AppData\Local
C:\Documents and Settings\User\My Documents C:\Users\User\Documents
C:\Documents and Settings\User\Start Menu C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

The italics "User" indicates common accounts and groups such as "All Users", "Default", "Guest", "Public", etc.

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Posted: 27-Jan-2009
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The stated reason for all these complications was to make shorter directory names, a desirable goal. While the implementation is functionally fine and gets around a number of thorny issues, we think the Windows team dropped the ball in making it quite confusing to XP users transitioning to later OSes such as Vista and Windows 7.

To see a list of all the Junctions on your system:

  1. Press  the Windows-key + R to open the Run dialog.
  2. In the Run box, type: cmd 
  3. Change to the C: drive (if not there already) by typing c:
  4. Change to the root (if not already there) by typing dir \
  5. Now type the command to see all the Junctions: dir /al /s

For the last step, if you wish to capture the list in a file c:\junctions.txt, type:

dir /al /s > junctions.txt

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