Windows 10: My Documents denied access problem and dup image files Solved

  1.    15 Mar 2016 #1

    My Documents denied access problem and dup image files

    When I try to open C:\users\username\my documents
    I am getting
    location is unavailable
    C:\users\....\my documents is not accessible. access is denied
    Can someone, please, explain why this is happening, and supply the cure to my problem.

    Also I found nearly all my image files were duplicated in My Pictures. These have been zipped to a folder out of that location.

    Why on earth is 10 doing that to me too??
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  2. Ztruker's Avatar
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       16 Mar 2016 #2

    There is no My Documents folder, only Documents. My Documents, if it shows, would be a junction or hard link.
    You can read about them here: Junction Dysfunction

    Written for Windows 7 but still applies.
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  3.    18 Mar 2016 #3

    Thank you!
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  4.    08 Jul 2016 #4

    Hi. I read the info about junctions, but it is pretty greek to me. I have similar "my documents" "local settings" and other such shortcuts or junctions or whatever that do not allow access. What is the bottom line here? Do I dare delete these shortcuts that don't allow access (at least the symbol icon looks like a shortcut to me)? Or will that get me in big trouble such as deleting all my documents?
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  5. Ztruker's Avatar
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       08 Jul 2016 #5

    No No No ... leave them alone and ignore them.
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  6.    08 Jul 2016 #6

    OK, thanks Ztruker. You have been helpful again, as in the past. I have to say it is a little frustrating to have things in file explorer that you click on that give you error messages, and it is human nature to want to "fix" that. But I will leave them alone. thanks again. spacecon
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  7. Ztruker's Avatar
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       09 Jul 2016 #7

    If you check Hide protected Operating System files [Recommended] then you won't see them. There really is no reason to have that unchecked a s the norm. Only do so when you are working a problem and need to see the hidden files and folders.
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  8.    09 Jul 2016 #8

    Ah, excellent. That works, thanks Ztruker. Detailed procedure is: From file explorer, select "view" tab, then the options down arrow, select "change folder and search options", then select "view" tab, then check "don't show hidden files, folders, or drives". Then close out file explorer and reopen and the junctions or shortcuts or whatever they are go away. So now I don't accidentally keep clicking on the wrong things that don't "work". Thanks again.
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  9. Ztruker's Avatar
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       09 Jul 2016 #9

    Good, glad that helped.
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