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Accessing the Documents and Settings Folder in Windows 7

When you try to view the Documents and Setting folder in Windows 7, an “Access is denied” error message will be displayed. In order to view this folder, you need to set the folder view options so that system files and folders are viewable. Once you can view the folder, you will see that the folder icon has a pad lock image added to it (see below).

This folder doesn’t exist in Windows 7. Its a symbolic link to another folder and was included here for compatibility with Windows XP. When you save files to Documents and Settings, they are actually saved in the C:\Users\username folder.

Document and Settings folder in Windows 7If you delete temporary files manually in Windows, you will find most of these are in the C:\Users folders. The Local Settings folders is now called AppData (just like in a Visual Studio project). You can find temporary files to delete in these folders.

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