If you are a computer tricks lover then this is for you. How to use and have the explorer and everything you do run under the system account not under the one you are currently logged in…Today I’m going to show you a cool way… You can use the superpower of windows which logically have infinite permissions on the system. This superpower user can make any changes, access anything on the system. That is the windows SYSTEM account. Yeah! The system account which windows use for itself. It is the most powerful user called superuser so be careful.. by following the steps mentioned in this article you will see things running under the system account. Please don’t try to make any changes which could harm the computer. Having a good backup will be a good idea.
How to use system account of windows as a superuser
Read on.. you will see we can log in using the system account and get an explorer shell which will be running under the system account. You already know that in task manager we see processes running under system account like in below picture, but ever wondered how to use/access the power of system account. This account never shows up on login screens or in Documents folder or somewhere else in windows but it does exist.
How does this work
In Windows XP if we schedule a program to run at some later time (from windows task scheduler) it will run under the system account. That’s the trick running cmd.exe from task scheduler in interactive mode.
Let’s get started
Log in to an account with admin privileges (or an account with privileges to schedule a task)
– Open a command shell
– Type the command as shown in below screenshot and note the time. (Time /t)
– Type below command and press enter…
at 05:21 /interactive “cmd.exe”
Note the time I used it’s 05:21 It’s important. First I checked the time using time /t command and then in the at command, I added 2 minutes in the current time. You should do the same.
– It should say “Added a new job with job ID = 1” as shown in below screenshot. The job ID can differ. In my case, it’s 2.
– wait for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes at the time, you specified a command window will appear.
Note the title of that command window. It is svchost.exe, not cmd.exe.( SVCHOST is a service host process which runs under the system and any scheduled job is executed by this exe. It will use the same security context to run the program under which it is running, that’s the system account.)
– open task manager and see there are two instances of cmd.exe. One under your user account and 2nd under the system account.
– Type “Notepad” in the 2nd command console(svchost.exe in the title) and press enter. A notepad window will pop up. Now in the task manager see the user under which notepad is running…
.. Looking nice…. let’s Try some cool things…
Let’s do something interesting…
– From the task manager, Kill explorer.exe (Right click on Explorer.exe and select Kill).
– Your taskbar will disappear.No Panic!
– Press Alt + Tab and switch to the window command console with Svchost.exe in the title (the 2nd command console)
– Type Explore.exe and hit enter. It will now configure a new profile, will take about 25-30 seconds mostly.
– Your all desktop icons will disappear and a new desktop will load.
– Hit the start button and notice the Account name. It says SYSTEM!!!
– Sometimes, the account name will be $yourcomputername instead of a system.
Alright, Now play through it. Try opening some programs and see all of them will run under the system account. You can access any folder, files stuff. Enjoy !!!
– To exit from this account, simply log off and re-login using your account or restart the computer. You won’t lose any data or anything
Disclaimer: Be aware! It’s the most powerful account so do not attempt to change something which may cause issues on your computer. If such happens you will be responsible for that, not me.
This is not supported in windows vista or above. The at command does not support interactive mode in these operating systems.