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Dozens of Application Data folders nested/embedded

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#1 JohnDohe


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Posted 24 March 2018 - 09:38 AM

While trying to delete a troublesome app (AI Suite III (3) ) I found within my User profile was an Application data folder
that held yet another Application data folder and another Application data folder and another Application data folder. . .

Each folder was actually a shortcut. I got 23 layers deep until I simply could not open the final Application data folder.

This last folder was not a shortcut, but Win7 would not, or could not, open it even though I'd taken ownership, gotten
all the permissions, auditing, etc.

I suspect that maybe the file name is simply too long.

I further suspect that this is done intentionally by someone knowing windows filename length limitations, which leads
me to suspect foul play at play.

C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Local\Adobe\Application Data\Adobe\Application Data\Adobe\ . . . repeats like 23 times

until I finally get to an Application Data folder that isn't a shortcut to another one.

All the subfolder shortcuts are subfolders of Adobe:


Attached File  Application Data buried in multiple folders-1.PNG   106.48KB   0 downloads


Attached File  Application Data buried in multiple folders-2.PNG   92.84KB   0 downloads



The final, non-shortcutted, Application Data subfolder I cannot open nor can I take ownership.

When I try to take ownership (using a TakeOwnership utility) I get a popup, Explorer.exe, telling me the filename is too long:


Attached File  Application Data buried in multiple folders-can't own-filename too long.PNG   40.68KB   1 downloads



Any idea whats going on?

Is this normal Adobe behavior?

Should I be worried?

Is there a fix?


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#2 SleepyDude


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Posted 24 March 2018 - 11:27 AM



From your description it seems something or someone messed with the permissions of the Junction points that Microsoft creates on Windows for compatibility reasons, by default they are locked from the users to avoid that recursive problem you describe.


My suggestion is to restore the permissions to default by doing the following:


Download Windows Repair (All-in-One) Portable

  • extract the tweaking.com_windows_repair_aio.zip to c:\Windows\TEMP the zip will extract to a folder called Tweaking.com - Windows Repair
  • execute the file Repair_Windows.exe from the Tweaking.com - Windows Repair folder, accept the Security warning and the EULA
  • click the button Jump To Repairs
  • click the Open Repairs button to access the following screen:
  • click the box All Repairs to uncheck all the box's
  • check only the following box's:
    • 02 - Reset File Permissions
  • check the box Restart/Shutdown System When Finished > Restart System
  • click the Start Repairs button


After doing this its normal that some shortcuts give you the permission error "c:\users\your_user\... is not accessible. Access is denied." simply ignore that because its by design, if you set Windows to not show the protected System files all those shortcuts will not be visible.

Edited by SleepyDude, 24 March 2018 - 11:27 AM.

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