Enable inbuilt Administrative Shares on Windows 8

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If you are a Windows 8 user then you might have noticed that Admin or Hidden shares are disabled. The new OS has embedded many new features and has modified some of the existing features like the start screen replaced by metro style tile screen and many more. The built-in Admin shares are disabled for security reasons in Windows 8 operating system. Here is the tutorial how you can enable those hidden admin shares on your computer.

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Before moving to how to enable the Admin Share let see what Admin share is. It is a special share that allows programs to remotely push software and settings. When you try to connect to a network machine via a hidden share such as admin it prompts messages like Access is denied or the specified username is invalid or you may not have permission to use this network share.

For instance, if you need to push software across your LAN, you need to have access to it. The remote control uses the admin share to push its software so there is no need to install anything to control a PC, and Network Administrator needs it enabled for just about every plug-in it has. As there is no direct way to change the admin share on Windows 8, thereby making things a little bit harder because there is no direct way to change it.

Enable the Admin Share

To enable admin share, follow the steps described below.

  • Get to the classic desktop from the start screen tile
  • Since the start menu is missing in Windows 8, so you need to create a shortcut to the control panel manually
  • Right click on the desktop, and create a new shortcut. For the location, enter the word Control. Once you have created a shortcut, double click on it. This will launch the control panel
  • Now, click on Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center
  • To the left of the new window, look for Change Advanced Sharing Settings and click on it
  • A new window pop ups and will show you different file and printer sharing profiles for your computer
  • The list depends on how your system is configured. Windows 8 will automatically determine what profile your network card is using. You may want to enable file and printer sharing on all of them, or limit it to the Private profile for higher security.
  • Expand the specific profile you want to modify, and look for File and Printer Sharing and click on it
  • Save your changes.
  • Now, you need to make change in Windows registry to complete the whole process.
  • Press Win +R to open Run dialog box
  • Type in regedit to open registry and navigate to key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  • Under this key, create a new DWORD value called LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy and Set it to 1
  • Sometimes the LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy value gets created before by default. You can change the data value just by double-clicking on it and modify the data from 0 to 1
  • Finally, Reboot your system to apply the changes.

Upon completion of the above steps you can access the admin share on your Windows 8 system.


Priyanka contributes to the Computer and Gadgets section on Techcular.

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