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At work, I can remotely administer other computers by first adding my domain account as a local administrator on another computer. After that, I can use remote registry, computer management, and file sharing (\\computer\c$).

How can I setup a remote user to be a local administrator on a simple home network without a domain (just a workgroup)?

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migrated from serverfault.com Apr 7 '10 at 3:39

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It's worth noting that if the username and password that is on your local machine is also exactly duplicated on the remote machine, a mechanism called "passthrough authentication" takes place. It works even in workgroups, even though the documentation only mentions domains. It's a cheap and somewhat laborious way to make a "Domain Admin" on a workgroup network.

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+1 I've been wondering what that feature was called for a few weeks now and hadn't gotten around to asking yet. Thanks! – Stephen Jennings Apr 7 '10 at 3:54

This question is better suited for Superuser, as it concerns the operation of a single PC.

Administrative shares differ in performance slightly between Windows versions.

In Windows XP, any local user with administrative privileges can access them. In Vista/7, they are disabled to local users per default.

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