Every user account on a Windows XP machine is part of a local user group on that computer. A user group is a set of users who have a certain amount of control over the Windows XP computer. The four primary user groups are Administrators, Power Users, Users, and Guests. Let’s review the responsibility level for each group:
The Guests group grants limited access to occasional or one-time users. Once a Guest logs out, all files created by the guest is deleted.
- Log in and out
- Run installed applications
- Navigate through the file system
- Shut down the system
- Do anything else.
Users can perform common tasks, but have little power to affect the computer outside of their own account. The Users group is the most secure environment in which to run programs, since a User cannot affect the operating system or program files.
- Create, modify, and delete their own data files
- Run system-wide or personally installed applications
- Change their personal settings
- Install programs for their own use only
- Access the network
- Print to local or networked printers
- Do anything a Guest can
- Modify system-wide settings, operating system files, or program files
- Affect other users' data or desktop settings
- Install applications that can be run by other users
- Add printers
- Configure the system for file sharing
The Power User class can perform any task except for those reserved for Administrators. They are allowed to carry out functions that will not directly affect the operating system or risk security. All domain accounts are part of the Power Users group on public Windows XP computers.
Power Users Can:
- Create local user accounts
- Modify user accounts which they have created
- Change user permissions on users, power users, and guests
- Install and run applications that do not affect the operating system
- Customize settings and resources on the Control Panel, such as Printers, Date/Time, and Power Options
- Do anything a User can
Power Users Cannot:
- Access other users' data without permission
- Delete or modify user accounts they did not create
Members of the Administrator group have total control over the computer and everything on it. The user named Administrator is the default account within this group. The domain account of each faculty or staff member with a Windows XP computer is part of the Administrator group on his or her computer.
- Create, modify, and access local user accounts
- Install new hardware and software
- Upgrade the operating system
- Back up the system and files
- Claim ownership of files that have become damaged
- Do anything a Power User can
In this tutorial we will present a way to trick Windows into running our computer as System User. So we will get higher privileges over computer.
1. Open Command Prompt. Go to Start, and then choose Run. In Run option type cmd and click OK. After this, Command Prompt will open. You can get to the same option through the Windows Menu: Start->All Programs ->Accessories->Command Prompt.
2. In Command Prompt write at 13:55 /interactive “cmd.exe” and press enter, the time is usually a minute or two ahead of your present time in the 24 hours format.
After a minute or two will appear new Command Prompt Window wit different title bar. It has changed from cmd.exe to svchost.exe.
3. End current explorer.exe process. Open Task Manager, select explorer.exe and click End Process.
4. In new Command Prompt with title svchost.exe write cd.. and press enter, then write explorer.exe and press enter.
After this you will become SYSTEM user.
Here there is a video tutorial showing you a similar approach to reach this goal: