Windows 10: Access Win10 PC via Android ES File Explorer

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  1.    15 Nov 2017 #21

    I've been accessing my Win10 network computers using WiFi at home with my Samsung Galaxy S7 running X-Plore. This has worked quite well until the latest Fall Creators Edition (1709) came out last month. Two of my three computers updated right away and I immediately lost access to them. The third was still fine until it updated yesterday and now I have no access. This has to be something with the increased security in the new windows release, but I haven't found out what to tweak yet. I did try turning off the new Windows Defender Firewall on the local network as a test, but it didn't make any difference.

    There has to be a way to get the android stuff to connect. If anyone has any ideas, I'd love to hear them.
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  2.    18 Jan 2018 #22

    Can't access Win10 "Version 1709" PC via Android ES File Explorer

    I just recently switched from win7 to win10 on this PC (because a windows 7 update destroyed my dual boot BCD, again). ES File Explorer worked fine with win7 pc's. Now it "cannot find server" with win10.

    All the settings (that I can see) are the same. I've tried everything in this thread, except turning off password protected sharing, that's not going to happen.

    This topic needs a bump up because it should be considered new again since the 1709 update.

    So, I dumped ES File Explorer and Got X-Plore, problem solved.
    Last edited by Sqrly; 21 Jan 2018 at 22:48.
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  3.    14 Jul 2018 #23

    Administrative Shares is the problem

    The issue:
    Adminstrative shares are default shares of all the disk drives on a Windows computer. These allow access to the root disks remotely.
    (my guess is that any shares made by an administrator account also falls into the "administrative shares" category)
    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.

    You may need to enable Advanced Sharing. Right-click any disk drive using File Explorer and click “Properties”. Then click “Advanced Sharing” and turn on file sharing when it asks if you want to enable it. (Don’t share the disk drive, just close the dialog box.)
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    Now, at this point, you can connect to a remote share (i.e \\SERVERNAME\c$) but get prompted to enter a username and password.

    If you enter the username and password of the local account on the server, (i.e \\SERVERNAME\MyAdminUser), you still get an error message.

    This is because of a default security policy that disables access to adminstrative shares.

    Thankfully, a small registry hack is all it takes to get around the issue by creating a policy manually that overrides the default setting. Do this on the server that has the shares you want to access remotely:

    1.Click the Windows Start icon and search for “regedit”. Right-click and select “run as administrator”.
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    2.Expand the tree to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft\ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ policies \ system.
    3.Create a new key (Right click -> New -> choose “DWORD Value (32bit)”).
    4.Name the key “LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy” and give it the value of “1”. Click OK.
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    5.Reboot the server to enable the setting to take effect.
    6.Now when you try to access the administrative shares on the remote computer, it should magically work.

    command line:
    reg add
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\system /v LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

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