Ritesh’s Technical Blog

How to become a System User

Posted on: February 21, 2009

Before I begin this Tutorial a small introduction of System User for those who don’t know what is a system user. In windows XP there are basically 4 users, differntiated based on their privilegs, they are

  • System
  • Administrator
  • Limited User, and
  • Guest

System user has got the top privileges in all the users.


Whenever you open taskmanager (CTRL+ALT+DEL) you get a long list of processes running on it.

As you can see that a lot of processses are running with user name System.

Most System processes are required by the operating system, and cannot be closed, even by an Administrator account. Attempting to close them will result in a error message, and even a forceful attempt to close ant System User run process may even let your system to shutdown.

So here is the tutorial showing how you can get privilegs of System user (Under normal condition You can not log into system account).


Before doing any hting please make sure that you are logged in as Administrator

  •  Go to command prompt and type this command

                 C:\> at “time” /interactive “cmd.exe”
                 Eg :          C:\> at 13:11 /interactive “cmd.exe”

                This will open a new command prompt at 13:11.

  •  When the system clock reaches the time you set, then a new command prompt will run. The difference is that this one is running with system privileges (because it was started by the task scheduler service, which runs under the Local System account).
  • In this command prompt You’ll notice that the title bar has changed from cmd.exe to svchost.exe 
  • Now go to task manager and end the process titled “explorer.exe”
  • Close the old command prompt…
  • At the system command prompt, enter in the following: explorer.exe and hit enter
  • Now its done, Go to Start and check whether you are logged in as Administrator or System user.

FIX: Open the services control panel (Start > Run > services.msc) and disable the Task Scheduler service.

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