This post briefly touches on how to access a Windows 8.1 machine’s file shares using a Microsoft Account. When I’m working from home, I like to listen to music which is stored on my private computer. Windows 8 seems to turn off the \\server\c$ admin shares, and I didn’t really understand how the whole Microsoft Account thing fits with SMB shares.

Turn on file sharing (admin shares) on Windows 8

To turn the admin share c$, d$ etc. back on, you need to set/create the LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy registry setting:


Provision the Microsoft Account user name:

Simply speaking, the SMB user name for the Microsoft account becomes MicrosoftAccount\ by prefixing it. For instance, you can now run

NET USE X: \\\c$ /USER:MicrosoftAccount\
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