Just about all Windows Users know about the hidden administrator C$ share that is always built into Windows file sharing, but you might have wondered why you canít use that in Windows Vista, 7 and 8. The reason this doesnít work is because of the UAC (User Account Control) that Vista-8 is famous for. By default Windows doesnít allow UAC elevation over the network with a local user account. Thereís a registry key that we can use to change this behavior to work the same as Windows XP did. This will make your computer less secure, and we canít recommend that you do this, but itís also good to understand how Windows computers work.
The Manual Registry Hack
Open regedit.exe through the start menu search or run box, and then navigate down to the following key, creating a new key if it doesnít exist.
On the right-hand side, add a new 32-bit DWORD value named 'LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy' and set the value to 1.
To remove this tweak you can set the value to 0 or just delete the key.
Then you can map to the \\hostname\C$ share and also perform some other administrative tasks remotely. Note that you will need to enable file sharing in the network and sharing center, and make sure that the firewall you are using settings will allow sharing.
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