Disable Administrative Shares [Effective Way]

By | January 17, 2023

How to disable administrative shares from the command prompt. You must know and learn these command, normally windows automatically share certain folders over the network, like as C drive, C:\Windows & IPC$.

Now, used below command net share to delete the system/hidden shares.

net share sharedFolder /delete

You can run a separate command to delete each of the system shares.

net share C$ /delete
net share IPC$ /delete
net share ADMIN$ /delete

Example: (It’s showing below results)

Disable Administrative Shares - How to

C:\>net share
Share name   Resource                        Remark
C$           C:\                             Default share
IPC$                                         Remote IPC
ADMIN$       C:\WINDOWS                      Remote Admin
The command completed successfully.

You need to run the commands prompt to disable the shares.

c:\>net share C$ /delete
C$ was deleted successfully.
c:\>net share  IPC$ /delete
IPC$ was deleted successfully.
c:\>net share ADMIN$ /delete
ADMIN$ was deleted successfully.
c:\>net share
There are no entries in the list.

The alternative command prompt to delete system shares-

Now, need to use for loop, we just run the one command that iterates over all administrative shares and issues delete command.

for %i in (C$ IPC$ ADMIN$) do net share %i /delete

Registry Editor method:

Open “regedit” and navigate to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System.”
Create a DWORD value “LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy” with a value of 1 to disable administrative shares.

Group Policy method:

Open “gpedit.msc” and go to “Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Network > Lanman Workstation.”
Enable “Enable Insecure Guest Logons” to disable administrative shares.

Remember to proceed with caution and understand the consequences before making changes.

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