In previous versions of Windows, you could use

C:\> at 16:30 /interactive cmd.exe

to start the CMD prompt in LocalSystem context.

In Windows 8 this method doesn’t work anymore.

The new method involves activating the interactive services detection service and using sc.exe which communicates with the Service Controller and installed services.


Activate the interactive services detection service

1) Open regedit.exe and change


from 1 to 0

2) Restart Windows

3) Open a CMD prompt as Administrator

4) Create a new Windows service

C:\> sc create localcmd binpath= "cmd /K start" type= own type= interact
[SC] CreateService SUCCESS

5) Start the new Windows service

C:\> sc start localcmd

You will get an error message

[SC] StartService FAILED 1053:
The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion.

But when you look at the taskbar you will see a program requesting attention. When you click the icon, you will get a prompt

Interactive Services Detection
A program running on this computer is trying to display a message.
The program might need information from you or your permission to complete a task.
- View the message
- Ask me later

When you click the View the message button you will find yourself in a screen with light blue background and one CMD prompt window.


This CMD prompt is running as LocalSystem which can be checked with

nt authority\system

Use exit to close the CMD prompt and click Return now to return your normal session.

If you wish to delete the new service run C:\>sc delete localcmd.