Disabling the Hidden Administrative Shares

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  • Type AutoShareWks and press Enter. (You can leave this setting with its default value of 0.)
  • Restart Windows Vista to put the new setting into effect.
  • Once again, select Start, All Programs, Accessories, Command Prompt to open a command prompt session, type net share, and press Enter. The output now looks like this:

    Share name   Resource                        Remark
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    IPC$                                         Remote IPC
    print$       C:\System32\spool\drivers       Printer Drivers
    Public       C:\Users\Public                 
    

    Bear in mind that some programs expect the administrative shares to be present, so disabling those shares may cause those programs to fail or generate error messages. If that happens, enable the shares by opening the Registry Editor and either deleting the AutoShareWks setting or changing its value to 1.

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