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Administrative Shares Do Not Appear on Server

This article was previously published under Q245117
When you attempt to view the administrative shares (for example, c$, d$, admin$, and IPC$) from a computer running Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 or Microsoft Windows 2000, the shares may not be displayed. When you restart the computer, you may still not be able to view the shares.
This behavior can occur if the AutoShareServer and AutoShareWks values in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters key are set to 0 (zero).
Important 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:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

To resolve this issue, configure the AutoShareServer and AutoShareWks registry values to use the value data 1 (one):

  1. Start Registry Editor (Regedt32), and then locate the following registry key:
  2. Configure the AutoShareServer and AutoShareWks values to 1 (one).
  3. Quit Registry Editor.
  4. Restart the computer to make the shares active.
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Article ID: 245117 - Last Review: 03/02/2007 00:06:07 - Revision: 2.3

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • kbprb KB245117