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Bypass Windows Logons with the Utilman.exe Trick
The Net User is a command-line tool that was introduced in Windows Vista,7,8,10 and is available in Windows tool. This tool can help system administrators to add or modify user accounts or even displays user account information.
Using net user with the appropriate parameters allows you to carry out several functions. You can use the following parameters with the net user command:
- username is the name of the user account you want to add, delete, modify, or view.
- password will assign or change a password for the user’s account.
- * will produce a prompt for the password.
- /domain performs the operation on the primary domain controller of the current domain on computers running Windows NT Workstation which are members of a Windows NT Server domain.
- /add will add a user account to the user accounts database.
- /delete will delet a user account from the user accounts database.
Net user Change Password
As an example let us say you want to change the password of a user. To change a user’s password, log on as an administrator, open an elevated command prompt type the following and press Enter:
net user user_name * /domain
You will be asked to type a password for the user. Type the new password and later again retype the password to confirm. The password will now be changed.
You could also use the following command. But this case, you will not be prompted. The password will be directly changed right away:
net user user_name new_password
- Boot up using a Windows 7,8,10 and Windows Server Installation CD/USB and press Shift+F10 when Setup starts and you will get cmd window.
You should now have a Command Prompt Window open. Type in the following commands:
ren utilman.exe utilman.exe.bak
copy cmd.exe utilman.exe
This will navigate to the system32 directory, rename utilman.exe to utilman.exe.bak, make a copy of cmd.exe and name it utilman.exe.
Remove the DVD and reboot the system.
Once the computer boots up normally, press the key combination Windows Key + U and you should get a Command Prompt. If the Command Prompt doesnt appear, press Alt+Tab as the Command Prompt may appear behind the Logon screen. From here, you can run many (if not all) of the commands you can normally use in Command Prompt.
To restore utilman.exe, in the Command Prompt type in:
ren utilman.exe.bak utilman.exe
Then reboot the system.