Archive for the ‘Windows7’ Category

Location of All Users Desktop in Windows7

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Microsoft just loves to move things from one release of Windows to the next.  I wasted another half hour trying to find the All Users desktop.  You will find one in C:\Users\All Users but that is not the one that you can update.  If you try you will get the infamous “Access is Denied” error.  The modifiable one is in C:\Users\Public.  Don’t ask me why, it just is.

New Location for Start Menu in Windows7

Monday, September 14th, 2009

I spent a frustrating half hour or so trying to manually add something to my “Start” menu on my new Windows7 system.  I was trying to add it under C:\Users\All Users\Start Menu.  I was getting “Access is Denied” errors if I so much as tried to expand the directory tree.  It turns out that the actual location of the Start menu has been moved.  The All Users Start menu is now located in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu and the user specific Start menus are in C:\Users\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu.  You can manipulate these directory trees to your hearts contents.

Updating Protected Files in Windows7

Monday, September 14th, 2009

If you try to update a file that Windows7 considers to be “protected”, like the hosts file, you will get an “Access Denied” error when you try to save it.  The way around this is to run the program required to update the file as administrator.  For example, you might use notepad to update the hosts file.  To run notepad as administrator, click the “Start” button and enter notepad in the search field.  Right click on notepad and select “Run as administrator”.  Then just make your changes and save the file as you normally would.