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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 :)  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.

 

Aug 21, 2013 - Windows 2012, Windows 8    No Comments

How to configure Windows Defender to get definition updates in Windows 8 without using Windows Update?

In Windows 8, the automatic definition update work only IF you TURN ON the Windows Update and configure it to install update AUTOMATICALLY!

If you need to turn off the windows automatic update but still want Windows Defender to update its definition, it would be trouble.

According to some references from the internet, you can use the Task Scheduler to help you.
Use administrator right to open a command prompt and run the following:

schtasks /create /tn “My Definition Update” /sc DAILY /MO 1 /st 04:00 /ru SYSTEM /RL HIGHEST /tr “‘C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MpCmdRun.exe’ -SignatureUpdate -MMPC”

Nov 9, 2012 - General, Windows 8    2 Comments

How can I reset my Windows 8 Administrator Password without using a 3rd party utility?

If you have forgotten your administrator password or any local account password on your machine, follow these quick steps to regain access to your machine. This process also works for Vista and Windows 7.

The only thing required is a CD/DVD/USB of your Windows Vista/7/8 ISO.

Start your computer with the above USB/DVD attached and ensure you press a key when prompted “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD” :

Once your ISO has booted up (here I am using a Windows 7 ISO), click on Next :

Then click on “Repair your computer”:

 

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