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Article ID: 969986 - Last Review: March 26, 2011 - Revision: 5.0

Problem description

In the German version of Windows Vista or Windows 7, when you type "C:\Programme" in the address bar and then press Enter, you will receive an access denied message that resembles the following:
Auf C:\Programme kann nicht zugegriffen werden.

Zugriff verweigert
Note "C:\Programme" is the equivalent folder for the "C:\Program Files" folder on German language Windows operating systems.

However, if you type "C:\Programme\Windows NT" in the address bar and then press Enter, the folder appears as expected.

To have us fix this problem for you, go to the "Fix it for me" section. To fix this problem yourself, go to the "Let me fix it myself" section.

Fix it for me

To fix this problem automatically, click the Fix it button or link. Click Run in the File Download dialog box, and then follow the steps in the Fix it wizard.


Fix this problem
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Note This wizard may be in English only; however, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.

Note If you are not on the computer that has the problem, you can save the automatic fix to a flash drive or to a CD, and then you can run it on the computer that has the problem.

Thanks to MVP Michael Schwarz (https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile=63DC20D1-3658-4FFE-B12F-EC265DD662A2) for contributing to this Fix it.

Next, go to the "Did this fix the problem?" section.

Let me fix it myself

To fix this problem yourself, follow these steps:
  1. Click
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    Start button
    , type cmd in the Start Search box, right-click cmd.exe in the Programs list, and then click Run as administrator.

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    User Account Control permission
    If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.
  2. At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
    cd /D %systemdrive%\
    .
  3. Type the following command, and then press ENTER:
    rd Programme
  4. Type the following command, and then press ENTER:
    mklink /J Programme "%programfiles%"

Did this fix the problem?

Check whether the problem is fixed by typing C:\Programme in the address bar and then press Enter. If the "C:\Programme" folder appears, you are finished with this article. If the problem is not fixed, you can contact support (http://support.microsoft.com/contactus) .

APPLIES TO
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Starter
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Enterprise N
  • Windows 7 Home Basic
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Home Premium N
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Professional N
  • Windows 7 Release Candidate
  • Windows 7 Starter
  • Windows 7 Starter N
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows 7 Ultimate N
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