Windows XP Sign On/off Prank

Introduction: Windows XP Sign On/off Prank


Please note that I am not responsible for anything that happens. My intentions are only for humor.

Here's what I used in the video:

Windows XP (VM Ware), actual Windows XP copy works as well.
Account with administrator privileges. 
Account with User priviliges.

In this video, I will show you how to prank the victim. Here are the steps:
  • First check to see if the intended victim is in the Users group and not in the Administrators group. You can check it by clicking Start, right-click on My Computer, select Manage.
  • Scroll and expand Local Users and Groups. Select Groups
  • Double-check to see if the victim is in the administrators group. If not, it's good. Then verify that he's in the Users group.
  • Exit out of Computer Management.
  • Click on Start, Run and enter notepad.exe.
  • Please read carefully, type the following

@echo off
shutdown -l

  • Go to File, Save-As. For the file name, give it prank.bat. Make sure the Save as type says All files.
  • The location is important. Browse to C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Start Menu\Programs\Startup. **** 
  • Save prank.bat at that location. Close out the program and log off. When that person signs on, prepare to laugh or prepare to get hit cause this WILL ANNOY AND FRUSTRATE SOMEONE
What this basically does is that the unsuspecting victim will log into the computer. Depending on the speed of victim's computer, the computer should automatically run that script created and immediately log the victim off the computer. It will happen over and over for that victim's account until the administrator removes that file. Remember I said check the user privileges? That will ensure that he can't delete the file let alone be quick enough to move it out of the startup folder. 

**** Please note <username> is the account of the victim. Ex. If jsmith is the sign on name, the profile is jsmith and the path to his startup account is C:\Documents and Settings\jsmith\Start Menu\Programs\Startup. 


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    2 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I just want to put this out there in case you put this on and then cant get back on to delete it for what ever reason, after you type in the password and hit enter, hold shift. This disables the auto running of the startup folder. Meaning you can "disarm" the prank if needed. Just though I'd put that out here, because I can see some problems coming :D


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    heh. Thanks for the comment though. I was waiting for someone who could figure out how to disarm it. But, I've made it so they can't delete it. They would eventually cry foul that how come they have to hold the shift key down all the time. I wouldn't want to show people how to edit their registry cause I don't want to be blamed for ruining their computer.