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How to open a command prompt running as Microsoft's "Local System" account?

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Created on: Dec 20, 2007 11:27 AM by Jared Barneck - Last Modified:  May 28, 2013 1:26 PM by Jared Barneck

There are multiple ways to open a command prompt running as the Local System account.  Here are some easy ways to do this:


  • Download a Sysinternals tool called PSexec. This tool can also be used to launch other programs or scripts as the local system (regedit.exe!).  Run:

    psexec -i -s cmd.exe



  • On a LANDesk agent, run the following command from a command prompt as a local administrator:

    "c:\program files\landesk\ldclient\localsch.exe" /exe=cmd.exe


  • On a workstation without a LANDesk agent, use Microsoft's Scheduler service by running the following command at the command prompt. Note: Determine the current system time and replace the time in the example below with the current time on your system plus 1 or 2 minute(s).  For example, the command for 2:23 PM would be this:
    at 14:24 /interactive cmd.exe


  • When remote controlling a LANDesk agent, in the top of the screen there is a Run: field.  Simply type "cmd.exe" in the Run:  field and click the green arrow. Note: This doesn't work with the Management Gateway on-demand agent, because the user launches the on-demand agent.  It only works with the agent service. 


  • Download the attached script to the scripts directory on your Core Server.  Schedule the attached script as a scheduled task from the Console.  It will open a Local System command prompt on the target workstation. 
    Local System Command Prompt.ini

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