My loverly new laptop came with Vista Home Premium pre-installed. I have created some template letters in Works, and now want to put shortcuts to them on my Desktop. How do I get into Documents and Settings\'username'\AppData\Templates in order to create the shortcut? I have tried all sorts of permissions but still cannot open the Docs & Settings folder.
You would have noticed that the word ‘My’ has been dropped and the location of XP folders like Documents & Settings and History are no longer in the same place. They are displayed when ‘hidden files’ are displayed but they are ‘Junctions‘, i.e. they are there for historical reasons so that old programs that would normally use them are redirected to the new Vista locations. Junctions can be recognised by having a little curly up-arrow like a shortcut and cannot be accessed.
The examples above are now in \users\username\appdata\local\microsoft\windows.
In Vista you can see a list of these folders using a command prompt. Go to Start, type cmd and press Enter. Now type DIR /AL (Note the space and the Capitals are for clarity only) and press Enter. The results will be a list of all the Junctions for the user folders, showing the name of the old XP user folder and the name of the new folder in brackets.