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In this Instructable I am going to tell you how to become the SYSTEM user on Windows!
Note: Doesn't work on Vista!

Q: Now, what IS that SYSTEM user?
A: The SYSTEM user is the most powerful user on your computer. It can go in ALL System folders, for example.
Administrators can't.
To put it easily: the SYSTEM user can do everything on the computer! Reason: A control system doesn't make any options that can't be changed/modified/watched. The SYSTEM user is there for things that anyone else can't do!

Now to begin with the tutorial!

Step 1: First Code for CMD!

First you have to open up CMD, ant enter this:

at [current time+ 2 min.] /interactive "cmd.exe"

remove the [ and ]!
include the " in the code!

This places a new job at the time you inserted.
When your PC's clock reaches this time, the job will be set to work!

Step 2: Second Step With Task Management!

When the time has come, your cmd.exe has changed into svchost.exe!
This is the SYSTEM's Command Prompt!

When your SYSTEM, this will be your Command Prompt.

Enter Task Management.
Go to processes, and quit explorer.exe .
explorer.exe is your desktop.
When you quit it, you can't use your desktop, and it will be empty.
But don't worry, we're going to fix that right away!

Step 3: Third Step With the Last Codes!

Now go back to svchost and type: cd..
hit enter.
now type: explorer.exe
hit enter.
This opens up your desktop again!
You can now use it again (thank god).
If you can't, restart your pc.
Congratulations! You now are SYSTEM user!
Your name has also temporarily changed to SYSTEM!
If you shut down or restart your pc, everything will reset, so you still log in with your own username!

Have fun!
Since you need to either be using the Administrator account, or have be a member of the Administrator local group this is of little practical purpose for the average user and I'd guess 90% of sysadmins a) already know this trick and b) know it only works on NT4, W2K and XP machines.
And on 7! <br> <br>What's your point? <br> <br>If you mean it doesn't make sense I posted this instuctable, go cry in a corner and scream, I made this for people who DO like it. So if you got something against this instructable, please leave.
The instructable as posted DOES NOT work under Win7, since AT no longer allows interactive processes. <br><br>C:\Windows\system32&gt;at 07:19 /interactive &quot;cmd.exe&quot;<br>Warning: Due to security enhancements, this task will run at the time<br>expected but not interactively.<br>Use schtasks.exe utility if interactive task is required ('schtasks /?'<br>for details).<br>Added a new job with job ID = 1<br><br>You also fail to mention how much damage an inexperienced user could cause to their system; any malware they execute or pick up from the net will run as SYSTEM, FORMAT C:\ will actually format the C:\ drive etc.<br><br>Oh, I've got no problem with you posting your instructable, it's your time to waste after all, but you fail to provide an actual need for doing so beyond &quot;look at my I'm so l33t!&quot; script-kiddiness or to warn people of the dangers. Instead of resorting to ad hominem replies to comments you don't like try replying constructively. <br>
... Okay, this starts to annoy the hell off me!<br><br>FIRST of all, &quot;You also fail to mention how much damage an inexperienced user could cause to their system; any malware they execute or pick up from the net will run as SYSTEM, FORMAT C:\ will actually format the C:\ drive etc.&quot; Quoted, if this is truth, internet should be shut down because it's too dangerous/malicious. SO STOP WHINING!<br><br>SECOND, &quot;Oh, I've got no problem with you posting your instructable, it's your time to waste after all, but you fail to provide an actual need for doing so beyond &quot;look at my I'm so l33t!&quot; script-kiddiness or to warn people of the dangers. Instead of resorting to ad hominem replies to comments you don't like try replying constructively.&quot; ... Seriously man, WTF? Are you kidding me? ... You should better just bother someone else if I where you... I mean, what is wrong with sharing some cool stuff I found with surfing ppl? <br><br>LAST, I'd like to ask you, how old are you? Couldn't be too much, considering the 'LOOK AT ME RAEGING AT YUO RWARGH' stuff.<br><br>Like to see your response!
&quot;if this is truth, internet should be shut down because it's too dangerous/malicious. SO STOP WHINING!&quot;<br><br>Really? That's your response to me pointing out that a &quot;use at your own risk&quot; warning would have been a good idea? <br><br>&quot;Seriously man, WTF? Are you kidding me? ... You should better just bother someone else if I where you... I mean, what is wrong with sharing some cool stuff I found with surfing ppl? <br><br>LAST, I'd like to ask you, how old are you? Couldn't be too much, considering the 'LOOK AT ME RAEGING AT YUO RWARGH' stuff.&quot;<br><br>As I said above, I've got no problem with you sharing your knowledge. You however appear to have issues with people pointing out that there a few issues with your 'ible as posted. Out of the 10 comments you've posted so far 6 are &quot;RAEGING&quot; at other people, 2 are incorrect and only 1 comes anywhere close to offering any real information. <br><br>As to my age.....well, I dont see that it has any relevance to this 'ible so lets just say that I'm old enough to have supported and been certified in pretty much every MS product from DOS6.22 and W3.11.<br>
STOP ARGUING!
There is one use, on computers with more than one login, you can view their documents even if it is password-protected!
DO NOT DOWNLOAD ANYTHING AS SYSTEM! <br>if you get a virus, it will have 100% control over your system, and can completely destroy it or worse in a millisecond. no system restore, no manual boot, it can just completely delete the boot files, making it so the only way to make your computer usable is to remove the hard drive, reformat it on another computer, then put it back in, and your still will still be lost.
<br> I thought not. Did you actually try this properly?<br> <br> L<br>
Tried on XP, Vista and 7. <br>XP works best at my opinion. <br>On 7 the sidebar disappears. <br>On Vista interactive commands aren't allowed. <br><br>That's all.
<br> That was XP - did you actually try it with a restricted-account? (I did)<br> <br> L<br>
Uhm... If you mean it's impossible on a restricted account, yes. But I recommend Admins to do this only. And if you're not, hack the password with ophcrack. <br><br>Anyways, why you asking this?<br>
<br> You &quot;recommend Admins to do this only&quot;.<br> What useful things can you do with it? (it sounded like some sort of hack)<br> <br> L<br>
... Uhh, sorry, but it's obvious that this is a hack. ... Well atleast, I thought...<br>But yes, this is a hack. <br>If your unfamiliar with hacking, please leave this instructable. It's not really for amateurs...
First this is not hacking this is cracking because you are not accessing data you are manipulating it.<br>Second no person can be considered a hacker unless they complete the elementary task making 2 folders in the same directory, one named &quot;PRN&quot; and the other named &quot;AUX&quot;, therefore pics or it didn't happen.<br><br>Prove Yourself
Okay, watch this:
Now do it in windows.
<br> What <em>use</em> is it?<br> <br> L<br>
With SYSTEM you can do everything the Admin can't, and everything else.
Such as what? L
Accessing NTFS partitions with bad owner SIDs, for one. Running certain types of service applications that need the &quot;interact with desktop&quot; access level. Closing system-level processes (I don't mean services, think closer to a driver, or kthreadd on linux).
<br> Somehow, given the age of the DOS-derived CMD, I seriously doubt this works (i.e. MS never fixed it)<br> <br> L<br>
This does, though I think there are extra steps required for Vista (and maybe 7, depending on group policy) because of UAC. While CMD is very old, Microsoft has kept adding certain core funcationality to be used for scripting. I think &quot;at&quot; (in its current incarnation) goes all the way back to Windows 2000. <br> <br>IIRC - and I may not - it actually runs under whatever user the windows scheduler service does. Think of this as adding a temporary service which happens to log you in to an interactive desktop.
This seems like it might be an interesting way to escalate privileges for a local user, but if I've already got Administrator privileges, what kinds of practical things would I want to do once I'm operating as &quot;System&quot;? I'm pretty sure I can already un-hide hidden files and folders, look at system folders, and so on. <br><br>Naturally if you are NOT an administrator, you may not have privileges to schedule jobs with the &quot;at&quot; utility, in which case this would not work.
Actually there ARE some system folders that won't allow Admin's in!<br>Yes I know, there are ways behind it, subways, but still, you can't reach the folder itself!
Yes you easily can access any folder as an admin.
... For the average human, it's impossible. OKAY?
Are you implying that the average human has full administrator access to a computer and is also below the thought level of fully using a GUI?
Yes.
Interesting. Might be useful in killing virus/malware.

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