How to remove administrative shares in Windows XP, Vista and 7

In order to remove administrative shares in Windows, add the following two registry keys to the registry.

  • To remove administrative shares for local administrator accounts, add the following key to the specified location;

Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\
Key: SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanManServer\Parameters
Name: AutoShareWks
Type: DWORD
Value: 0

  • To remove administrative shares for domain administrator accounts, add the following key to the specified location;

Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\
Key: SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanManServer\Parameters
Name: AutoShareServer
Type: DWORD
Value: 0

After editing the registry, restart the Workstation and Server services to take the chances effect without restarting the computer.

        • Restart the Workstation service;

net stop/start lanmanworkstation

        • Restart the Server service;

net stop/start lanmanserver

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