In some cases, users need to enable Admin Shares on the local hard drive. Admin Shares is the default share account of all hard drives (C $, D $, ...) on Windows computers. By default, Admin Shares are hidden and cannot be accessed on the network. Windows Vista and newer Windows versions prevent Local accounts from accessing Admin Shares through the network. And if you try to connect from another computer on the system to Admin Shares, you will receive an error message: "Logon unsuccessful: Windows is unable to log you on. Make sure that your user name and password are correct ".

Error message

1. How to enable Admin Share by default on Windows 10/8/7?


To access Admin Share, make sure that the Host and Guest computers must be in the same Workgroup or Domain (both must be the same Workgroup name or Domain name). To find this information, open Windows Explorer, then right-click the Computer icon, select Properties to view (or change) the Workgroup name.

- Host computer: The computer has enabled Admin share.

- Guest computer: computers on the network will connect to Admin share on the host computer (host computer).

Step 1: Activate the Admin account and set up a password

If you want to access Admin share on the computer (Host - server), you must first activate the Admin account, then set a password for the Admin account on the computer. To do this, follow the steps below:

1. Press the Windows + R key combination to open the Run command window.

2. On the Run command window, type lusrmgr.msc there and press Enter.

 enter lusrmgr.msc

3. Next open Users.

Open Users

4. Right-click Administrator , select Properties.

 Right-click Administrator, select Properties

5. Remove the Account is disabled item then click OK.

Remove the item Account is disabled

6. Next, right-click the Administrator account again and choose Set Password .

Right-click the Administrator account again and choose Set Password

7. Set a password for the Admin account and then click OK.

Step 2: Activate File and Print sharing on Windows Firewall

The next step is to enable File and Print Sharing via Windows Firewall (at the server).

1. Press the Windows + R key combination to open the Run command window.

2. Enter the control panel in the Run window and press Enter to open the Control Panel.

Open Control Panel

3. On the Control Panel window, click System and Security .

Click System and Security

4. Select Allow an app through Windows Firewall.

Select Allow an app through Windows Firewall

5. Click Change Settings .

 Click Change Settings

6. Uncheck the check box, then check File and Printer Sharing again, then click OK.

Select File and Printer Sharing

Step 3: Add the value LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy to the Registry

1. Press the Windows + R key combination to open the Run command window.

2. Enter regedit there then press Enter or click OK to open the Registry Editor.

Enter regedit in the Run window

3. In the Registry Editor window, navigate to the key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Policies System

4. Right-click the System key, select New => DWORD (32-bit) value .

DWORD (32-bit) value

5. Name the new value LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy and press Enter.

Name the new value the LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy

6. Double-click LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy and set the value in the Value Data frame to 1.

 Set the value in the Value Data frame to 1

7. Close the Registry Editor window.

8. Restart your computer.

9. After your computer has finished booting, you can now access the Admin share disk on the host computer from any computer on the system (Guest) by entering the Run command window or frame. Search for the name (or IP address) of the server and the drive name you want to access by adding the icon & after the drive name.

For example, if you want to access the "C:" drive on the "ComputerA" computer, enter the Run command prompt:

ComputerA C $


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Good luck!