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:
Application Data buried in multiple folders-1.PNG 106.48KB 0 downloads
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:
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?