If you’re setting up Spiceworks and are having an issue authenticating to a remote Windows 7 system, this may be the solution you’re looking for. This will help you solve this issue in 3 steps:
Step 1: Create a local user with admin rights and a password
This is needed if you’re not using the local “Administrator” account or a domain administrator account. Simply create a user as an Administrator and give them a password.
Step 2: Turn UAC off
Go to Control Panel > User Accounts > Change User Account Control settings. Set to the lowest setting. You will have to reboot after making this change.
Step 3: Enable WMI in Windows Firewall
Click Start and type “firewall” in the box. Click “Allow a program through Windows Firewall.” Check Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) for Home/Work (Private) networks.
After those three changes are made you should be able to authenticate using Spiceworks. If you’re using a 3rd party firewall, you may need to make sure WMI is allowed through it.
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