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How to remove administrative shares in Windows Server 2008
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This article describes how to remove default administrative shares, and how to prevent these shares from being automatically created in Windows Server 2008.
By default, Windows Server 2008 automatically creates special hidden administrative shares that administrators, programs, and services can use to manage the computer environment or network. These special shared resources are not visible in Windows Explorer or in My Computer. However, you can view them by using the Shared Folders tool in Computer Management. Depending on the configuration of your computer, some or all of the following special shared resources may be listed in the Shares folder in Shared Folders:
Generally, we recommend that you do not modify these special shared resources. However, if you want to remove the special shared resources and prevent them from being created automatically, you can do this by editing the registry.
Remove administrative shares by editing the registryTo have us do this for you, go to the “Fix it for me” section. If you would rather fix this problem yourself, go to the “Let me fix it myself” section.
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Let me fix it myselfImportant This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756To remove administrative shares and prevent them from being automatically created in Windows, follow these steps:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ )How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
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For more information about how to manage shared resources by using Shared Folders in Windows Server 2008, see the Shared Folders Help files. To do this, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Computer Management. In the console tree, right-click Shared Folders, and then click Help.
Article ID: 954422 - Last Review: October 29, 2012 - Revision: 7.0