Thanks for the detailed explanation, it helped a lot. Is there a place
within the registry or the OS that lists a table of these junctions so I can
resturcture the look? Or better yet, is it possible to turn them off all
together so only real directories are present? I rather not turn off the
setting 'show hidden folders'. Appreciate your help.
| All of these are "directory junctions" that point to the "real" place for
| this stuff in Vista. The default security on these "directory junctions"
| Everyone, this folder only, List folder/read data; Deny
| Apparently, this is done to prevent possible endless recursion by "legacy"
| applications that might use this path and to protect against accidental
| deletion of content in the target.
| If you know the name of a sub-folder or file, you can still access that
| through this path. For example, lets say you have a user account (and
| a profile folder) called abc. Then, you can access, for example:
| c:\documents and settings\abc
| e.g. using the command
| dir "c:\documents and settings\abc"
| in Start, Run, key
| explorer /e,"c:\documents and settings\abc"
| but you can't navigate through c:\documents and settings in Windows
| becuase of the Everyone, Deny permission I mentioned earlier.
| I'm not aware of the reasons that the user profile folder structure in
| and Windows Server 2008, but I expect there are several "good reason".
| One only sees these "directory junctions" if you change the "Folder
| in Windows Explorer, Tools, Folder Options View (Show "Hide protected
| operating system files (Recommended)").
| Each one has a corresponding folder path that you can use instead to get
| the contents by navigating through Windows Explorer. It's a new operating
| system, with a different folder structure for user profiles, so it's a
| question of getting used to it's differences.
| Old New
| Documents and Settings Users
| Application Data AppData\Roaming or AppData\Local or
| AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Network Shortcuts
| AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Printer Shortcuts
| Start Menu
| AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
| See http://www.yqcomputer.com/
| Bruce Sanderson
| It is perfectly useless to know the right answer to the wrong question.