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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2009

    How to Access hidden Shares

    Can anyone suggest me how to Access Administrative shares through the Laptop of the Desktop PC over LAN.

    I Work out some possibilities provided over the internet using CMD but stuck in completing the process.

    If anyone has tried this thing before please let me know.

    Thanks for your support.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2009

    Re: How to Access hidden Shares

    On the XP machine turn off "Simple file sharing"

    To turn Simple File Sharing on or off in Windows XP Professional, follow
    these steps:
    1. Double-click My Computer on the desktop.
    2. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
    3. Click the View tab, and then select the Use Simple File Sharing
    (Recommended) check box to turn on Simple File Sharing. (Clear this check
    box to turn off this feature.)

    More detail


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2008

    Re: How to Access hidden Shares

    Default Microsoft Windows hidden shares

    Examples of Microsoft Windows default hidden share are:

    • ADMIN$ - The default systemroot or Windows directory.
    • C$ and x$ - The default drive share, by default C$ is always enabled. x$ represents any other partitions or drives found by Windows that will also be shared, e.g. D$, E$, etc.
    • FAX$ - Share used by fax clients to access cover pages and other files on a file server.
    • IPC$ - See our IPC definition for additional information about IPC.
    • PRINT$ - Share used by printers, enabling remote administration on printers.

    Creating a Microsoft Windows hidden share

    A Microsoft Windows hidden share is created by adding a "$" symbol to the end of the name of the share. For example, if you were sharing a folder named "hope", when creating the shared name adding a "$" to the end of hope, so the shared name is "hope$", will make a hidden share.

    Accessing a Microsoft Windows hidden share

    Assuming we were attempting to access the "hope$" share that we created in the above example from another computer we would type the below network path to access the hidden share.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2008

    Re: How to Access hidden Shares

    The $ denotes an administrative share. These shares are only "hidden" from non-administrative level users. As an administrator on a local machine you have access to all the admin shares by default.

    If you want to access one on a remote PC you have to be a member of the administrators group on that PC...which means making an account on the target machine and adding it to the administrators group.

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