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How to Use Registry Editor to Restore Administrative Shares

Important This task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs.

  1. Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe)
  2. Locate and click the following key in the registry:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesLanmanServerParametersAutoShareServer
  3. Either change the value of the AutoShareServer key to 1 or delete the value.
    NOTE: If the AutoShareServer key is set to 0, administrative shares (such as C$, D$, Admin$, and so on) cannot be created automatically.
  4. Quit Registry Editor.

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