Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Can't access disk drives over LAN, user is admin

  1. #1


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1

    Can't access disk drives over LAN, user is admin


    Hello!

    I have this problem since Windows 7, i don't remember this happens on Windows XP.

    I have 2 computers with Windows 8.1 installed: desktop and laptop. I am trying to access local disk drives of "desktop" from "laptop".

    For example, i type in Windows Explorer "\\desktop\c$". "Windows Security" window pops up where i am typing credentials. If i specify "desktop\administrator" user and then provide correct password everything is fine, i can access disk C. But, if i type "desktop\john" and provide correct password i am getting error "Access denied". "john" is my main account, it's in "Administrators" group of "DESKTOP" computer.

    If i try to access the same resource over "cmd net use" i receive error "System error 5 has occurred. Access is denied."

    Why "john" can't access "DESKTOP"'s disk C over LAN?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    The users in Administrative Group aren't the real administrators. See the tutorial:
    Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable in Windows 8

    In Vista and later the user the system sets up as a member of Administrator's Group is roughly equivalent to the old Operator's Group in NT 4. It can register/unregister ActiveX, install and remove software, but it cannot delete system files etc..
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1


    MilesAhead, thanks for this information. But now i have next question: what need to be done to allow my "john" account to access disk drives over LAN?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    I would try the Tutorial where it shows how to turn on the Administrator account. See if you can access from there.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1


    As i mentioned in first post i can access disk drives over LAN using built-in administrator account. The problem is i can't do it using "john" account.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    This solution was posted for Windows Seven. I'm not sure if it works with W8. But it may be worth a try:

    Network sharing - Windows 7 Help Forums
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    It should MilesAhead. Not much was changed between the two OS versions, when it comes to networking.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1


    Even sharing disk doesn't help.

    I checked event log under "Security" folder.

    - when "desktop\administrator" connects there is event "An account was successfully logged on." with ID 4624.
    - when "desktop\john" connects there are 2 events: the first one is "An account was successfully logged on." with ID 4624 and the second is "An account was logged off." with ID 4634. Second event occurs immediately after the first one, so "john" logged on, and then logged off immediately.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #9


    It's strange how lately even the correct answer still ends up not working.

    I believe from the error messages that either the user profiles or the entire machine is pretty messed up if using the standard procedure for drive sharing isn't working. Trying to undo these messed up systems is near impossible from my point of view because we have no idea which settings were tampered with to begin with.

    Misconceptions on how sharing works is pretty much ruining any useful advice we could ever hope to administer.

    In fact once the drives are shared via the sharing and security tab there is no need to type any \\computername\$ nonsense at all just click on the drive and access either the Users folder or the entire C drive depending on if you shared from the root of the drive or the Users folder.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #10


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Mixing and matching Windows flavors doesn't make it any easier. I had a couple of desktop machines with USB 3.0 cards and USB 3.0 Docking Stations. Initially I shared the entire drive(internal SataII and III drives stuck in the docks.) One desktop ran Vista. The other dual booted W7/XP. After awhile it was just easier to make a top level folder, move all folders into it, and share that folder. It cut out the glitches from changing drives between OSs, machines, and docks. Most of them anyway.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Can't access disk drives over LAN, user is admin
Related Threads
My laptop (Lenovo Y500 Laptop | Lenovo US) has a 1TB 5400rpm hard drive C: and it also has a 24GB chached SSD D:. The link only shows a 16, but mine was 24. Today, I left my computer idle while I was at class (I'm in college) and when I came back it was frozen on the start up screen Lenovo Logo. As...
Solved How do I transfer main user to Elevated Admin user? in User Accounts and Family Safety
I have been using an unelevated admin user account since installing win 8.1 pro and I've been having problems constantly (UAC nagging me, access denied when trying to kill processes and so on) and I decided I want to use the elevated admin account as my main. I understand security risks and...
HELP!! Cant access admin account in User Accounts and Family Safety
Hi guys, fairly new to win 8 but I do remember 3:11 quite fondly and everything else leading up to this leadbelly software. Ok, first and last bitch. My son decided to give my mother his new (then) PC...She has a slow dial up and in the transition of adding her as admin and deleting him the...
Been googling this for the last hour, and I still can't install a game via a virtual drive; keep getting "Windows cannot access specificed device, path, or file. You may not have appropriate permissions to access". Using Win8 Checked the Cdrom registry key to see if it was disabled (it's not),...
Prior to last week my computer was running Windows 7, the computer also has a 3TB MyBook external drive on which I ripped over 100 movies from DVD/Blue-Rays that I own (and still have). The reason for doing that was 1) so I could watch the movies on my TV without the hassle of inserting the dvd...
Hidden Admin Account Access Transfer to User... in User Accounts and Family Safety
I am only user on this computer and heard about the hidden Admin account for Windows 8. I logged into it, but all stuff from normal account such as documents and program shortcuts were missing. Is there any way I can transfer the Admin full access rights to my primary user account? Please help and...
I have a batch file that must be run as administrator. The batch file simply starts an application (MyApp.exe). the problem is that because the batch file is run as admin, MyApp.exe can't access networks drives. Since mapped drives are specific to users context, I activated admin account,...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook