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Can't find documents and settings folder in program data

I'm trying to install a piece of software and have been having issues. looked up trouble shooting on the manufacturer website and found it's a common problem with vaios with vista. so i'm trying to follow the instructions to fix it and there is no documents and settings folder in my prog data folder! i can't seem to find it anywhere on my computer and am wondering where it went or if it ever existed.
software: nova development - label maker deluxe 3.0
error 1320 the specified path is too long.
http://kb.novadevelopment.com/al/12/1/article.aspx?aid=3765&tab=browse&bt=4&r=0.718855

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  • andrea h Nov 24, 2008

    did a little more research... there is no documents and settings folder in vista.. it's split between the users folder and prog data folder apparently... which still isn't helping me. any ideas??

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If you click on My Computer, then the Local Disk (C), then you will see the Documents and Settings folder among some other folders.

Posted on Nov 24, 2008

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    Chris Hingee Nov 24, 2008

    The C:\Documents and Settings folder is in the C:\Users and C:\ProgramData. Vista uses symbolic links pointing to these new folders for compatibility reasons. However, many guides still refer to the old folder structure. There is a simple trick for using the old folder name in Windows Explorer, though. This way you can find configuration files easier.

    If you want to see the symbolic links, you have to enable first “Show hidden files and folders” in Folder Options. To access the Folder Options you must press “ALT” in Windows Explorer to make the menu visible. You’ll find them under tools.

    Now, you should be able to see Documents and Settings. But if you double click on it, you’ll get an error messages. Even administrators don’t have enough NTFS rights to navigate to this folder. It is not even possible if you change the rights by taking the ownership.

    You can, however, navigate to subfolders of Document and Settings by entering the corresponding folder name in the address bar of Windows Explorer. For example, just type C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\ and you will see all of the user profiles’ subfolders, you know from Windows XP.

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