Removing The Default Administrative Shares

April 2018

Windows 2000, NT and XP by default, create hidden administrative shares (admin$, c$ & d$) on the hard-drive which will allow the domain administrators to do remote access support. This tip will teach how to disable this feature.

Please proceed with these instructions:
  • Click on Start > Run
  • Type: regedit to open the Registry Editor
  • Locate: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters
  • Double click on AutoShareWks

Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
  • Change value data to 0

Now you will have to delete the shares through the Computer Management Console:
  • Open Control Panel,
  • Open Administrative Tools,
  • Open Computer Management.
  • Expand Shared Folders, and then click Shares.
  • In the Shared Folder column,
  • Right-click the share you want to delete,
  • click Stop sharing, and then click OK.
Published by netty5. Latest update on October 26, 2009 at 11:00 AM by netty5.
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