Administrative share is one of the built-in features of Windows OS that mainly created for remote administration tasks. It allows someone on your network to access the C or D or other local drives fully if they know the admin credentials. The important point is, you do not need to share these drives, it is already shared as administrative shares on Windows computers. This guide shows you how to stop/disable the Administrative shares on your Windows 10, 8.1 or Windows 7 so that no-body can access your hidden shares via the network.
Controlling the admin shares mainly depended on the network connection type you are connected. If you are on the domain network, then the domain administrator will have the rights to access the administrative shares on your computer. Also, group policies can be applied to enable or disable the admin shares on domain environment by the domain admin.
When you are on workgroup network (usually the home network), admin shares usually work without any issues on earlier (than Windows 10) Windows Operating Systems. The person has the admin access (who knows the administrator password of your computer) on home/workgroup network would be able to see the entire C or D drive by using the $ end of the drive letter. But with Windows 10, Microsoft has tightened this feature. There is a registry modification should be done to allow administrative share access on Windows 10. Anyhow, here we are discussing how to disable the administrative shares on Windows 10.
How to Access the Admin Shares on Windows 10, 8.1 and 7
Admin shares of a networked computer can be accessed over the network with ‘ $ ‘ at end of drive. For example like below, by typing on search area or Run dialog box on Windows 10 computer will bring the whole C drive of computer that has IP of 10.10.11.21
How to Disable/Stop Administrative Shares on Windows 10 and 8.1 to Protect your Data
All network shares, including administrative shares on a computer, can be viewed under Computer Management at the following location. Though the screenshot was taken on Windows 7, it is applicable for 8.1 and 10.
Since I have one partition (C drive) and it is shared with $ mark. To disable this default admin share, simply right click on the partition and select stop sharing.
Once you confirmed it, admin share will disappear from ‘Shared Folders’ of Windows 10, 8.1 and Win 7 computers.
This is the very easy and straight forward method to disable administrative share on Windows computers.