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    Question Windows 8.1 Administrative Shares

    OK. I'm stumped. Doesn't happen often, but here I am.

    I have a bunch of computers in the house for me and the family, and I'm the administrator on most of them. I have 4 desktops that I use to share stuff for everyone to use, and no servers, so everything is Workgroup access. I have several RAID arrays hung off some of the machines to access to shared stuff. I have the same user ID and password on all the machines.

    I just updated one of the desktops to Windows 8.1 by adding a new SSD and installing Windows 8.1 onto it. After setting the Networking and Sharing settings to allow sharing (like I did with Windows 7), I was still unable to access the administrative shares, although I can access things that I share manually.

    I found that adding the registry QWORD LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy under HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Pol icies\System enabled me to see the administrative shares (the DWORD value didn't help under x64 Windows 8.1), but I was now prompted for a valid user ID and password. But since my user ID and password are the same on both machines, this should work. So something else was going on.

    According to this: https://4sysops.com/archives/access-denied-to-administrative-admin-shares-in-windows-8/, setting the local security poicy for "User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode" to disabled should fix this. It did. But now the Windows Store won't open saying that UAC is disabled.

    How do I reenable the administrative shares on Windows 8.1 and allow access using my common administrative user without disabling the Windows Store? Anyone have any idea?

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    Working Like it Should

    I've been doing this since Vista, so I decided to turn UAC back on, just to prove Windows 8 was really broken. I also changed LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy back to a DWORD, like I tried originally. But after rebooting, lo and behold, I was still able to see, and connect to, the administrative shares. So all I have in place now is the registry hack for LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy, and it's working!

    I have NO IDEA why it didn't work initially. As I said, I've been doing this same thing since Vista! But as it's working as it should now, I'm just chalking it up to the system admin ghosts playing with me again.

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    I've always found the LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy registry setting to be the Holy Grail of connection to shares on other Windows computers, so I can't offer any solution to your initial problem, I'm afraid!
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