Enable Sharing of the Administrative Share in Windows 7 or Vista

by Eric Geier [Published on 12 Sept. 2011 / Last Updated on 12 Sept. 2011]

Allow access to the C$ share of Windows 7 or Vista.

As you may know, Windows automatically creates an administrator share for the system drive (such as C$) which is hidden by adding a dollar sign to the end of the share name. You can access this “hidden” share of Windows XP from other computers. However, by default, you can’t access this share of Windows 7 or Vista due to User Account Control (UAC).

Nevertheless, there’s a registry key to enable the same behavior as Windows XP in Windows Vista and 7:

Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

Key: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

Value Name: LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy

DWORD Value: 0 = prevents access, 1 = enables access.

The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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