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hide c$ in windows 8 64 bit

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I would like to hide the C$ access in Windows 8 64bit either through group policy or regedit
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by:John Hurst
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Make the user Standard and keep UAC turned ON and they will not have access. That should work fine.
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What if the user is an admin
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If the user is administrator, then you cannot hide C$.  Admin is admin. They have the keys to the kingdom.

They can use regedit to undo your changes.
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by:McKnife
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Define your scenario, or this will lead only to confusion.
Who do you want to keep from accessing c$ on pc "X"?
-someone remote?
-someone in your LAN?
-someone in your LAN with administrative rights on X?
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by:ste5an
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C$ is "hidden". This is the meaning of $ in a share name. So maybe you should rephrase your question and explain, what you mean be hidden in this context.
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How do I prohibit users from accessing a C$ share on a Windows 8 64 bit computer.
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Marmob, I strongly recommend to specify more detailed who you mean by users.
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-someone remote?
-someone in your LAN?
-someone in your LAN with administrative rights on that win8 machine?
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by:John Hurst
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I said above how to prohibit users from accessing C$ on Windows 8. Make them Standard Users.

If you make your users Admin, you cannot prevent it.
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by:ste5an
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Users cannot access C$ per default. It's a share only for (domain) administrators.
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by:Spike99
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Only administrators can access the hidden system share, C$.  If you give someone a shortcut to a folder on C: using the format, \\pcname\c$\foldername: they won't be able to access it unless they are an admin.

To give a non-admin user rights to a share on the C: drive, share the folder they need to access then, give them a shortcut to that shared folder using this format:  \\pcname\sharename.  That will give them access to that folder (assuming you have adjusted NTFS permissions to give them access) without giving them any way to access the root of C: using the C$ share.

Alicia
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@marmob  -Thank you. I was happy to help you with this.
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