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In your home directory (C:\Users\%USERNAME%) there is a folder called "Application Data" that I've been told is an alias/synonym/hard-link to "AppData\Roaming"

So as I understand it "Application Data" doesn't really exist, it just "links to "AppData\Roaming"

How just by looking at the "Application Data" can I find out what it is an alias for? Right clicking on it and looking at Properties doesn't seem to reveal anything. The same goes for other aliases like "Local Settings"


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You can't see the properties because you don't have permission to view them as a standard user (UAC means that you view as a standard user by default, even if you're an admin).

In order to see where junctions go:

  • open an administrative command prompt (go to the start menu, type cmd, then press ctrl-shift-enter)
  • navigate to the directory containing the junction (in this case C:\users\<username>\)
  • run DIR -A:L in order to show a list of junctions and where they link to. (you can use DIR -A:HL to just show hidden junctions, which will be a shorter list).
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I didn't know they were called junctions! Thank you. Am I correct in referring to junctions as aliases/synonyms/hard-links? Or do those terms mean something different? – Niko Bellic Jul 10 '14 at 17:43
They are also aliases and synonyms, but "hard link" usually means two files pointing at the same data. – Deus Kane Jul 11 '14 at 17:47

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