How to Disable Administrative Shares in Windows 7, Lets Keep Our Data Secret

Do you think no one can see your computer folders and files over network when its not shared? That is not the case. Any user with administrative access on your local computer or Domain ( if its connected) can access your whole C, D or other partitions without your knowledge and normal sharing. All partitions are shared for administrators in Windows Operating Systems which is called ‘ Administrative Shares’.  This post shows how to disable administrative shares in Windows 7 computer to keep your data secret.

This can be accessed over the network with ‘ $ ‘ at end of drive. For example,

will bring the whole C drive of computer, IP is

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How to fix administrative share access problem in Windows 7

All shares, including administrative shares on a computer can be viewed under computer management at following location.

How to Disable Administrative Shares in Windows 7

Since I have one partition ( C drive), it is shared with $ mark. To disable this default admin share, simply right click on partition and select stop sharing.

How to Disable Administrative Shares in Windows 7

Once you confirmed it, admin share will disappear from ‘Shared Folders’ of Windows 7 computers.

This is the very easy and straight forward method to disable administrative share on Windows 7.


  1. Wayne says

    This doesn’t work. There is no such option as “Stop sharing” when I right click.

  2. says

    For Workstations (Vista/Windows7)

    Click Start—>Run type regedit click ok

    For vista users Enter your UAC credentials to continue.

    Open the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE branch.

    Open the SYSTEM branch.

    Open the CurrentControlSet branch.

    Open the Services branch.

    Open the LanmanServer branch.

    Select the Parameters branch.

    Select Edit, New, DWORD (32-bit) Value. Vista & Windows 7 adds a new value to the Parameters key (If you have the key just check for correct value).

    Type AutoShareWks and press Enter. (You can leave this setting with its default value of 0.)

    Restart Windows to put the new setting into effect.

    • Spork Schivago says

      Thank you! Worked like a charm. I remember there being a registry value that needed creating / changing. Just couldn’t remember which one.

  3. Sulaiman says

    thanks for all , its work perfectly , but when i restart my pc it returned , can any one help me.