share $C in windows XP

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    share $C in windows XP

    Hello,
    I had a small home network with two PC on with win XP and other with win 98.
    I shared drives C on both machines.
    Now I din't have network anymore, and I want to unshare folders. I noticed in properties of disk C that this is shared like $C. When I try to unshare this I get message how this is created for adminisrative purpose only and every time I start windows this is shared again although I have only one user account.
    If someone can tell my what is this shared $C and is it possible to unshare this?
    Thanks!

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    I don't think you can unshare it. Besides, anyone trying to access your HD will have to have your login information to get to C$. Just make sure it's not easily guessable (like a blank password or something).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ober
    I don't think you can unshare it. Besides, anyone trying to access your HD will have to have your login information to get to C$. Just make sure it's not easily guessable (like a blank password or something).
    It is exactly a blank password, but I'll change that

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    they're default admin shares for remote access and a potential security hazard

    do a google search on it.... here is a random link on how to disable them permanently.

    http://www.windowsnetworking.com/kba...iveShares.html
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    luckily it seems you must have sp2 on your xp machine, sp1 and earilier if you typed //machine-name/$C you could get full access to the root of the drive without a password.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waldo2k2
    luckily it seems you must have sp2 on your xp machine, sp1 and earilier if you typed //machine-name/$C you could get full access to the root of the drive without a password.
    Can you explain to me wit a little more detail?
    Where to type //macine-name/$C?

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    Into the Run command. Start Menu -> Run

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    You should have a firewall between your computer and any potentially hostile computers. You should also never use a blank administrator password.

    >> luckily it seems you must have sp2 on your xp machine, sp1 and earilier if you typed //machine-name/$C you could get full access to the root of the drive without a password. <<

    Only if the admin password is blank, in which case you can just log onto the machine anyway.

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    You need to edit your registry.

    Disable Administrative Shares

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    >>Only if the admin password is blank, in which case you can just log onto the machine anyway.

    perhaps they put a hotfix out for it after sp1 was released, but for quite some time I could do that with any computer regardless of an admin password...
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