MS Office applications (Word, Excel) can not work with file links in NTFS?
In Win7 64 on a NTFS partition within the same logical drive and create a file in another directory, a symbolic (or hard) link to it - using FarManager (Alt-F6) or utility LinkShellExtension.
If you have a symbolic link to the file, then when you edit the original, the symlink shows the same change (which is logical), but when trying to save, say, Word 2010, swears on an error of file access. Or saves as a new file. In the file properties (through Windows Explorer) indicated that it is the link to the file.
If the link is hard - is the file to edit the same Word 2010, it is "detached" from the original, i.e. changes regardless of the source entity. Once we get the gap to two or more new file.
How to be? So, in read-only mode symlinks work fine in *nix systems (only editable when the original file). But, you should start to work in positions sym - or hard-link some Office application - all communication is lost. I.e., these applications do not know about symlinker?
[added]: linking standard command mklink leads to the same unfortunate result