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Is this a recursive folder or file?

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posted on Dec, 6 2015 @ 04:40 AM

originally posted by: chr0naut

originally posted by: Gothmog
Just found the cause of this from Microsoft . It is not a folder issue . The my documents folder is called a "junction" . The problem occurs when a program or user changes permissions on this "junction"

Multiple Application Data files folders nested many layers deep

The MS suggested fix is to use system restore to before the permissions were changed. Not useful if it happened ages ago.

Failing that, there is a probable fix:

First uninstall Java (you can reinstall the latest version afterwards).

Then, change permissions to Windows default by using "Windows Repair AIO" program. Follow the preliminary steps (to the letter, especially going into 'safe' mode) then run the file permissions repairs (takes ages).

Hope it fixes it!

Better and easier. There is a process on that page I linked to that uses JunctionBox.I just performed the TakeOwnership i had installed .

posted on Dec, 6 2015 @ 01:18 PM
a reply to: Gothmog

Thanks, I did see it but didn't give it much credence at first.

Reading into it (and testing the program) has changed my mind and I've now added it to my toolbox.


edit on 6/12/2015 by chr0naut because: (no reason given)

posted on Dec, 8 2015 @ 12:54 AM
a reply to: Azureblue

LOL! I love your honesty. A single minute of video @ 500MB; You could probably do a Telemedicine gyno exam with that level of detail.

First know that if you are able to remove it then that does not mean the issue that caused the problem will be resolved, but I will lend some advice.

if you go to C:\Documents and Settings\all users you will probably see that the application data folder looks like a shortcut. This means its a junction or symbolic link as discussed. You do not want to delete this.

Open a cmd prompt you can do this:

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Users\dBo>cd \

C:\>cd "Documents and Settings\all users"

C:\Documents and Settings\all users>dir /AS
Volume in drive C has no label.
Volume Serial Number is EEC0-1814

Directory of C:Documents and Settingsall users

06/16/2014 09:35 PM 85 .zreglib
07/13/2009 11:08 PM Application Data [C:\ProgramData]
07/13/2009 11:08 PM Desktop [C:UsersPublicDesktop]
07/13/2009 11:08 PM Documents [C:UsersPublicDocuments]
07/13/2009 11:08 PM Favorites [C:UsersPublicFavorites]
09/22/2015 09:33 PM Microsoft
12/02/2015 02:02 AM 400 ntuser.pol
07/13/2009 11:08 PM Start Menu [C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWind
owsStart Menu]
07/13/2009 11:08 PM Templates [C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindo
09/10/2015 02:30 AM [6077FADF-AB78-4bf5-A87E-49F88F82685E]
2 File(s) 485 bytes
8 Dir(s) 36,347,318,272 bytes free

C:Documents and Settingsall users>

Notice my junction points to the programdata directory. If you have a wildly recursive junction you should just be able to navigate through an elevated command prompt and use RMDIR as I previously stated. If you junction looks okay, then you need to remove the offending subdirectory from the ProgramData directory using the elevated command prompt. If you dont know what directory to remove, then just live with it. It looks harmless.

I apologize if you cannot see all my markup.


posted on Dec, 8 2015 @ 03:18 AM
a reply to: drewlander

I'll give that a go thanks.

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