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Title: Laptop Folders with padlocks.......
Post by: hayc59 on November 18, 2017, 10:04:10 PM
Win 7 I have a few folders with padlock(C/documents/settings) and the wont open
I right click and there is NO security tab..how does a regular joe get these padlocks
gone? thank you G
Title: Re: Laptop Folders with padlocks.......
Post by: Corrine on November 19, 2017, 12:18:00 AM
As explained in How do I unlock Documents and Settings? - Microsoft Community (https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-files/how-do-i-unlock-documents-and-settings/827ce001-6fe5-4382-a735-bb78e2c7a926)

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The C:\Documents and Settings folder is what's called a Junction, it is not a real folder. This folder was used in previous versions (XP) to hold all of the users files. This location was changed in Windows 7 to  C:\Users.

A Junction is used to redirect a program to a different location for backward compatibility purposes. When a program that was developed for Windows XP  is installed in Windows 7, it may be hard coded to look for the Documents and Settings folder. When it tries to access the Documents and Settings Junction, it will be automatically directed to the Users folder.

This Junction allows the older program to install and work. This backward compatibility is the only reason that the Documents and Settings Junction is present on the system. There are many other Junction points in Windows 7 and these can be recognized by the Shortcut Arrow or Padlock overlay on the Junction icon.

All of these Junctions have the permissions set to Everyone = Access Denied. This is done to protect them from accidental deletion or permission changes. You should not change any of these properties, because doing so can cause some programs to qiut working or prevent some programs from installing.
Title: Re: Laptop Folders with padlocks.......
Post by: hayc59 on November 19, 2017, 03:34:48 PM
ah makes sense now and thank you
Title: Re: Laptop Folders with padlocks.......
Post by: Corrine on November 19, 2017, 04:53:03 PM
You're welcome.
Title: Re: Laptop Folders with padlocks.......
Post by: winchester73 on November 19, 2017, 09:13:39 PM
Question also posted at DSLR: https://www.dslreports.com/forum/r31709492-WIN7-Laptop-Folders-with-padlocks
Title: Re: Laptop Folders with padlocks.......
Post by: Corrine on November 19, 2017, 09:28:03 PM
I guess you should have checked here for a reply before bumping your post at BBR.  :(
Title: Re: Laptop Folders with padlocks.......
Post by: hayc59 on November 22, 2017, 02:05:30 PM
better to have more than one escape route than not enough my pappy always said
before passing from Agent Orange...