Admin shares in Vista Home Editions

Posted: December 29, 2008 in Computer and Internet

You probably stumbled upon this problem as well. Your friend or family knows your into to computers and they bought a new pc with Vista Home Edition installed on it. They want all of their data migrated to the new machine so what do you is, you copy the files from the old XP-box(if you’re lucky:p) over the network to the VISTA-box using the admin share. So on the XP-box you go to Start, Run and type \\VISTABOX\d$ and you get your credentials window. You enter in the credentials and it says logon was unsuccessful. Strange because you’ve entered the correct credentials.

This is actually a safety measure that was build into Windows Vista Home Editions. On the Microsoft TechNet website there is a article that gives you a workaround;
Microsoft actually recommends that you create you own share so that you know that you have a share, which is a good way for non administrators pc’s. But if your an IT-minded guy you probably what to have the admin-shares available to you on your own pc.
Well, it’s possible to do this by creating a extra registry key. Open the registry and go to


Click right in the right pane and create a new DWORD value name LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy and set it’s value to 1.
Now reboot the computer and you’re done.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS and best wishes for 2009!!!


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