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It seems only 'administrator' can open c$ in Windows 7. Is there no way to let administrator group members other than administrator access these shares?

When I try to edit the share permissions, it gives me some system built-in share with settings that cannot be edited.

Is there a way to enable this?

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Try adding a user to the local Administrators group via Computer Management:

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You're right, it seems they've disabled local administrators from using their permissions for network shares since Vista, you can edit the registry to change this:

  1. Click start
  2. Type: regedit
  3. Press enter
  4. In the left, browse to the following folder:

  5. Right-click a blank area in the right pane
  6. Click New
  7. Click DWORD Value
  8. Type: LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy
  9. Double-click the item you just created
  10. Type 1 into the box
  11. Click OK
  12. Restart your computer
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That works on XP, not on Vista/7 though -- – Matt Nov 11 '09 at 20:32
it does with a registry tweak ;) – John T Nov 11 '09 at 20:45
Thanks for the answer! – Matt Nov 11 '09 at 21:39

You have to follow the steps from the first answer (above)...but something else has to be done. You must also turn off UAC, or the above does nothing for you.

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