Changing User Account Password using Hidden SYSTEM Account
OK now most of us must have already searched the Internet for changing the password of a User Account in Windows XP. The most common solution we encounter is using the " net user * " command. Although this method is the most preferred & stable one, it only allows you to change just the password. Now there’s one more method which exploits a bug in XP to access the hidden "SYSTEM" account which has no limits to the user rights whatsoever. Here’s how you go about it :
#NOTE:You need administrative rights to perform this tweak.
- Goto Start >> Run and enter "cmd", the command prompt opens
- Enter "at" and you will probably get the following text:
There are no entries in the list.
Let’s make a change in that…
- Enter :
at time+1 min /interactive cmd
e.g: "at 14:15 /interactive cmd" (when the time is 14:14)
- If done correctly, this message will appear:
Added a new job with job ID = 1
- Now when the next minute goes in, you will get this :
- Now enter :
taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
to kill explorer.exe
- Restart Explorer by typing "explorer.exe".
- Explorer restarts and you’ll be in the SYSTEM account… feel free to change anything you want because the account does not have any limits!
NOTE: In order to make this hack work, make sure that the Task Scheduler service is ON.