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Access admin shares on a Vista machine
17 December 2006 in Windows | Comments (0)
I’ve been setting up a new machine at home this weekend and one thing I needed to do was access the files on my main desktop machine that’s running Windows Vista RTM. I enabled file sharing and then hit the box and tried to access the admin shares (c$, d$ etc) and got prompted for a login. That’s fine. Bang in my username and password on the box and get denied. Try again. Denied.
Wee bit of digging and I found that accessing admin shares as a local admin remotely is now disabled for security reasons. You can access the shares if you’re a domain administrator and you can still remote into the machine as a local admin but you cannot access admin shares as a local admin account remotely.
The workaround is a small registry tweak:
- Open regedit
- Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft\ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ system
- Create a new key (Right click -> New, DWORD Value (32bit))
- Name the key “LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy” and give it the value “1″
- Click OK
Once you have done this you should be able to access the admin shares remotely under a local admin account.