What did I just do?

If any of you out there who know lots about how the inside of my computer works could tell me what in the world I just did, that would be wonderful! Here's what I did: I clicked Start, clicked run, and typed 'CMD'. Command prompt opened up and I typed 'At (I put the time it would be 1 minute from when I typed it) /interactive "cmd.exe" After the minute went by a new command prompt opened up. I typed 'exit' in the old one. I did ctrl-alt-delete and ended the process 'explorer.exe'. After I killed that I typed 'cd ..' in the command prompt window, then I typed 'explorer.exe' and it opened back up. On my home computer I was signed in as SYSTEM at this point and on the computers in the computer labs at the community college I was logged in as the same user name as before except with a '$' on the end. At this point I appear to have privileges above an admin profile and I can access and edit all sorts of files and things I know an admin can't normally access. I can also do things to profiles, like give them admin privileges. I haven't figured out how to do this without setting the time I want it to start a minute ahead of the time it was when I typed it.... Is it possible? And I know the 'cd ..' brings me up a directory, why am I able to do this with explorer.exe closed? It appears to be a large security hole... I just want to know how/what just happened! Thanks! -DMC

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Ooooo...security hole!
whatsisface8 years ago
Is this vista? You may have unlocked the hidden super-admin mode (google it).
drinkmorecoffee (author)  whatsisface8 years ago
No, xp. But it sure seems like a super-admin mode.
coolz8 years ago
thats pretty weird... being above an admin
westfw8 years ago
Sounds like a classic unix bug (and other things before that) that was fixed about 30years ago; "at" schedules a task at a future time, but it seems to run the task as the "user" of the timer process rather than the info from the user who submitted the initial command.
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LinuxH4x0r8 years ago
No clue. If this is a security breach, then let me in on it!