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When you log on to Windows Vista after you upgrade the computer from Windows XP, you receive an error message that resembles the following:
Windows Live Sync could not monitor the folder 'C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\My Documents' for changes. Please check that you have permission to access it.
You experience this problem if the following conditions are true:
Sync is installed on the Windows XP-based computer that you upgraded to Windows Vista
Sync was configured to synchronize the My Documents folder, or another folder that is in the %SYSTEMDRIVE%\Documents and Settings\UserName\My Documents folder in Windows XP.
This problem occurs because of a change in Windows Vista from earlier versions of Windows. In Windows Vista, the My Documents folder, the My Music folder, and the My Pictures folder are not used to store your information. Therefore, the synchronized folder generates an error message when you start Windows Vista.
To work around this problem, remove the synchronizations for your My Documents folder, your My Pictures folder, and your My Music folder. Then, re-create these synchronizations. To do this, follow these steps:
On the computer that is running Windows Vista, visit the following Web site:
Next to Personal folders, click Create a personal folder.
From the list, click the name of the online computer on which you want to create the folder, and then select the top-level folder that contains the folder that you want to synchronize.
Select the folder that you want to synchronize, and then click Sync folder here.
Note The My Documents item corresponds to the Windows Vista Documents folder.
Select the online computer with which you want to synchronize.
Select the location.
Choose the synchronization setting that you want, and then click Finish.
In Windows Vista, the following junction points are not used:
%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Documents and Settings\UserName\My Documents
%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Documents and Settings\UserName\My Documents\My Music
%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Documents and Settings\UserName\My Documents\My Pictures
Note A junction point is a pointer to another folder.
Instead, Windows Vista uses the following junction points to store your information:
In Windows Vista, if you create a My Pictures folder or a My Music folder in your Documents folder, you are prompted to move the contents of that folder to your Pictures folder or to your Music folder, as appropriate.
Note The My Documents junction point, the My Pictures junction point, and the My Music junction point still exist for program compatibility reasons in Windows Vista. However, these are hidden links.
During an upgrade operation, Sync synchronization works as expected for folders that you have configured between computers except for the folders that use the My Documents, the My Pictures, and the My Music junction points.
For more information about Windows Live Sync, visit the following Web site:
Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition, Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Edition, Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition, Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition, Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition