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I have a strange thing on my WIN2K system.  When I go to My Computer and right click on the drive, I
click on  sharing and set it not to share the drive. When I reboot, it sets itself to share.  I turn
it off again, but upon reboot it is again in permit sharing. I set sharing to 0 persons,and it automatically
goes back to 10persons.
Thanks in advance for any help provided,
Jon
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This is a default function of WindowsNT/2000.  What you probably see shared is c$, this the administrative share.

The easiest way to stop the sharing, even after reboot is to:

Go to Control Panel -> Administrative tools

Open the Services icon

Scroll down to the Server service

Click STOP to stop the service immediately.

You will get a message about stopping the Computer Browser service.  Say Yes.

Set the startup type to Manual.

Now the C$ share, or any shares for that matter will not be available.  

If you want to restart the service to share something, you can go to the services icon, double click on the Server service and click start.
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by:arminl
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I guess the sharename is c$? If so, forget the share, it's just convenient for administrative purposes and can be disabled via a policy. No one except an Administartor is allowed to connect, so there is no security risk. Let me know it you still want to disable the share and I'll guide you through the policy setting.

If the name is not c$, foget this comment :-)

Armin
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by:matt023
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"No one except an Administartor is allowed to connect, so there is no security risk." -- what if someone finds out the local admin password or has a higher priviledge?  In addition, the whole world knows that the default administrative share for the c: is c$.

Try changing the name c$ to something else (ie. cloud$).  
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Blohrer's answer solved my client's problem.  
Thanks again!
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