There have been many complaints in the recent times on almost every related forum about getting such an error as Documents and Settings Access Denied while accessing it, especially while using Windows 7. All these complaints are about not being able to access the Documents and Settings folder. Most of the users reporting this issue have migrated to Windows 7 directly from Windows XP skipping Windows Vista.
Most of the users are not aware of the fact that the Documents and Settings folder does not exist anymore in Windows 7. So, when you try to open the folder of Documents and Settings Access Denied error appear. Changing permissions will not help either. Microsoft has replaced the Documents and Setting folder with the “Users” folder. This change was also implemented in Vista and so is the case with Windows 7. So, whenever you are trying to access the Documents and Settings folder, you are actually looking out for the Users folder.
Documents and settings access denied can be even as an administrator. You cannot access “My Documents”, “Local Settings” or “Application Data” folders as they are located somewhere else in Windows Vista and Windows 7.
A junction link is provided for going to the Users folder for the reasons of compatibility. So, if you try to access C: Documents and Settings, you end up with C: Users. However the junction link does not guarantee that you will get redirected. There are dim icons which contain the links called as junctions. These are not treated shortcuts by Windows File Explore for taking you to the place.
For a savvy user, who does not want to meet the “Documents and Settings Access Denied” error and has the latest OS’s such as Vista and Windows 7, you need to go the new correct place and identify the places as the legacy of the past.