How To Enable Remote Access To Administrative Shares in Windows 10

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Windows 10 is awesome. Administrative shares are too. This is a quick how to for enabling remote access to admin shares in Windows 10 (also works with Windows 8.1 and older)

This is how you can enable remote access to administrative shares in Windows 10.

(This guide applies to Windows 8.x, 7 and Vista too – only the screenshots are a bit different.)

The issue:
Adminstrative shares are default shares of all the disk drives on a Windows computer. These allow access to the root disks remotely.

If you try to connect to adminstrative shares (for instance C$ or D$) on a remote computer running a newer version of Windows than Windows XP, you will not be able to.

The solution:
First, you need to have a local account with administrative rights on the computer you want to connect to running Windows 10 or older. Continue reading “How To Enable Remote Access To Administrative Shares in Windows 10” »

How to Disable Windows 10 from Installing New Device Drivers Automatically

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A driver CD. These days, drivers are pushed out via Windows Update. And that can be a BAD thing?

I got a bit annoyed today.

The reason being how Windows 10 automatically found out that a new device driver was available for my Nvidia graphics card, through Windows Update.

Then Windows simply went ahead and installed it for me while I was away from the screen for a couple of hours. In previous Windows versions (Windows 7/XP), you had the option to disable “optional updates” as you pleased.

This is no longer the case in Windows 10 (and 8.1).
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How to Install QuickTime on Windows 10

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QuickTime + Windows 10 = TRUE

I tried to install QuickTime 7.7.7 today on Windows 10, but was soon halted by a stupid check that Apple has built in to the installation file, preventing installation of QuickTime on a newer OS such as Windows 10.

Well, I know my way around software installations, so I fixed it with a workaround, and thought I would share it here on TommyNation in case someone else might find it useful.

The workaround is pretty straightforward, just follow the steps below! Continue reading “How to Install QuickTime on Windows 10” »

How to Fix “Remote Desktop Connection has stopped working” Error

Currently I am using Remote Desktop on Windows 10 to connect to a Windows 7 computer regularly. This has worked flawlessly for months.

Suddenly I started to experience that Remote Desktop would crash whenever I clicked on a folder in Windows Explorer on the remote computer.

Remote Desktop Connection has stopped working - a problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available.

Very strange. What had changed to suddenly cause this?

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How to Shut Down Windows 10 via Remote Desktop (RDP)

The issue with shutting down or rebooting a PC or server via Remote Desktop on Windows 8 (and 8.1) applies to Windows 10 as well.

Why Microsoft has chosen to make it so difficult is hard for me to understand, but perhaps their own engineers have sausage fingers and keep switching off instead of logging off their servers remotely? Or could it possibly be related to the HP engineer that accidentally formatted all the servers of Australian bank client CommBank? Probably the former, but the CommBank incident is an interesting read for any System Center admins :-)

So, on to the issue at hand: maybe this looks familiar to you? I am referring to the shutdown icon menu only showing “Disconnect” as an option, so please ignore all the tiles.

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