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Why can I not access administrative shares from Windows 7 or Windows 8 ?

Someone asked me about this recently. They had a Windows 8 laptop and a Windows 7 desktop and no matter what they tried, they were unable to access the C$ on either the laptop or the desktop.

They were 100% sure they were using the correct credentials but for whatever  reason, Windows would not accept their login when trying to map a drive (\\desktopname\c$)

The issue is related to UAC and how that restricts remote connections. This has been the case since Vista and the same issue (feature ūüôā ¬†is still in Windows 8.

The issue only applies to local accounts and not domain accounts.

The quick fix is to just disable UAC but if you want to keep that running but still allow admin share access, do the following:

To disable UAC remote restrictions, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then press ENTER.
  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\
    Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  3. If the LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy registry entry does not exist, follow these steps:
  4. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  5. Type LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy, and then press ENTER.
  6. Right-click LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy, and then click Modify.
  7. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
  8. Exit Registry Editor.

The LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy registry entry in the registry can have a value of 0 or of 1. These values change the behavior of the registry entry to the behavior that is described in the following table.

Value Description
0 This value builds a filtered token. This is the default value. The administrator credentials are removed.
1 This value builds an elevated token.

 

Windows Update Error 0xC80003FB

Click Start, select Run, type in: services.msc
then press enter
Now look for the Automatic Updates Service, right click it and choose to stop

Click Start, select Run, type in: %windir%SoftwareDistribution
then press enter
Open the Datastore folder and delete its contents.

Click Start, select Run, type in: type services.msc
then press enter
Now look again for the Automatic Update Service and choose to start

Try running the Updates again.

Jan 6, 2008 - Vista    No Comments

What is the /admin switch in Microsoft Terminal Services Client (MSTSC) for Windows 2008 and Vista?

Although the /console switch no longer has any effect on Server 2008 and Vista Terminal Server connections, a new switch called the /admin switch has a similar effect when you use it to connect to a Server 2008 server with the¬† Terminal Services role. When you use this switch with MSTSC, connections don’t consume Terminal Services CALs.

The /admin switch involves elevated rights. If a user has the authority to use the /admin switch but has been marked with Deny Users Permissions To Log On To Terminal Server, he or she will be able to connect using mstsc /admin. Also, if a terminal server is in drain mode (no new sessions are accepted), an /admin session can still be created. The /admin sessions don’t count toward the session limit that may be configured on a terminal server to limit the number of sessions.

Jul 25, 2007 - General, Scripting, Vista, Windows XP    2 Comments

How can I pre-cache the Microsoft Office 2007 installation files?

Office 2007 uses the MSOCACHE folder as part of its core installation and functionality process. The folder is typically populated during the Office 2007 installation. However, to avoid network activity during installation, you can accomplish a pre-cache by performing the following steps. (Use caret brackets in place of the square brackets.)

1. From the network installation point, use Notepad to open the config.xml file, which is located in the core product folder (e.g., Pro.WW for Office Professional 2007).
2. Find the [LIS] element, and uncomment the line by deleting the opening [!– and closing –] tags.
3. Set the [CACHEACTION] attribute to “CacheOnly”. The line in Config.xml should look like

[LIS CACHEACTION=”CacheOnly” /]

4. Save the config.xml file.
5. Run setup.exe on users’ computers, specifying the fully qualified path to the modified config.xml. For example,

\[server][share]Office12setup.exe /config
\[server][share]Office12Pro.WWConfig.xml

Mar 15, 2007 - General, Vista    3 Comments

Do I need to enter a product key during Windows Vista installation?

No, the Vista installation differs from earlier versions in that the image contains all the versions of Vista. When prompted for a product key, you can just click Next. When you click Next, you’ll be prompted to enter whether you want to enter a key. Click No.

A list of all the images in the installation image are displayed. You need to select the version to install, then confirm that you selected the edition you purchased and therefore have a key for.

After the installation is complete, you can enter the final product key to use to activate. If you don’t enter the key, after 30 days the system will no longer operate and will be in lock down mode.

Mar 15, 2007 - General, Vista    No Comments

How do I enable the Aero Glass UI?

f you upgrade your video hardware and have previously been running Windows Vista Basic, your system will not automatically switch to Aero. To enable the new UI, perform these steps:

  1. Right-click the desktop and select Properties (or select Personalize from the Control Panel).
  2. Click the “Windows Color and Appearance” link.
  3. Under the Appearance tab, change the “Color scheme” to “Windows Aero,”
  4. Click OK

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