Launching a CMD window as Local System

What is your favorite method of launching CMD.EXE as Local System? I found the following method after a little experimentation. Just run the command below to create a generic service called TESTSVC.

C:\>sc create testsvc binpath= "cmd /K start" type= own type= interact

[SC] CreateService SUCCESS


Then, whenever you need a new CMD running as Local System, just start the service, and a new CMD window will appear on the console desktop. You can ignore the error 1053, which is "by design" 🙂


C:\>sc start testsvc

[SC] StartService FAILED 1053:


The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion.



P.S. If you are interested in technical details, I added a detailed discussion in this article...

Comments (5)

  1. Anon says:

    I could be missing something totally obvious, but can’t you just make a shortcut to cmd.exe, and in the "Shortcut" tab of the properties dialog, click "Advanced…", check the "Run with different credentials" check box and/or use RunAs…?

    Just a thought.

  2. Adi Oltean says:

    This won’t work for the Local SYSTEM account. Note that this is a special account that you cannot log into. The only way to create a process running under this account is to "convince" another process also running under the Local System account to start it.

  3. Amit Joshi says:

    My favorite is

    c:at <time> cmd.exe /interactive

  4. Steve says:


    Check "soon" vs. "at"

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