About this glitch:
This glitch is serious, annoying, breaching and urgent that once you have Windows installed and run for the first time, it will show you the OOBE box, but that is run from the SYSTEM user and when you do SHIFT+F10, the terminal command line window opens, which you can write "explorer" on to give you the advantage of using Windows without having to continue using OOBE.
You may see the authenticated user account as SYSTEM because Windows XP does not have any user accounts set yet, but the Administrator account.
The SYSTEM account is hidden by default, but it can be somehow breachable by reinstalling Windows, and opening up the terminal by using SHIFT+F10 on the front of the OOBE window in order for you to run the explorer application which tells the explorer to open up the taskbar. The reason is that because the SHIFT+F10 shortcut key is not disabled yet and the OOBE window is not on the top, allowing the terminal to be the top of the OOBE window.
When you finish the OOBE after authenticating and opening up Explorer, the Welcome message appears, but then there is the black bar in the bottom of the screen, letting us know that SYSTEM account is authenticated again but you are logged in to your user account. The clock appeared a little bit bigger, and so the taskbar, start menu, etc.
When you log off, you see your account and log in to it to authenticate to your actual account, disabling access to SHIFT+F10 until Windows needs to be reinstalled.
The caveat is on Windows Installer, you can open Terminal the same way but you cannot open Explorer because it dies and won't respawn until the installer is complete. But you can open some programs, do DOS apps, etc. Do not run any apps that could possibly harm Windows, Windows installer and its setup.
We need to know where is the source of this glitch, but unfortunately, Microsoft made all Windows and their apps closed source so we cannot view the source code of it.
The worst thing is that you can force OOBE to be under Explorer by opening taskmgr, then right-clicking the OOBE title and setting it to minimized mode so the Explorer comes first until you restarted OOBE window, which you have to do it again or finish the OOBE.
They also used this so they can install final drivers, apps, etc. and the good thing is that you can open Internet on it to explore something while you are SYSTEM!
When you restart, shutdown or hibernate your computer, and tried to turn on, after Windows booting has finished, you might see the wallpaper that SYSTEM set, or you set it for SYSTEM.
Steps to reproduce:
1. Reinstall Windows XP from the original CD, any editions are applicable. Black editions, or such are not necessary and some black editions of Windows XP skips the OOBE like the Black Edition that I found on the Internet.
2. Please wait until the OOBE window opens, and do SHIFT+F10 and then type Explorer so the Explorer would open, and so the taskbar, start menu, and everything.
3. Open the start menu and look at the user bar. You are the SYSTEM Account!
4. Do something, and finish the OOBE when you have finished.
5. You might see the Welcome screen, after split second, you may experience the black bar on the bottom of the screen but it is extending.
6. Modify anything as you wish.
7. When finished, log off your computer.
8. Log in to your account, and the black bar will never appear. You cannot do SHIFT+F10 at this point.
9. Look at your Start Menu! You are now authenticated to your account instead of SYSTEM!
You finish the installation, and you wait until the OOBE comes, then while doing SHIFT+F10, you are trying to execute this infamous glitch by opening Explorer, then look at your Start menu, and that desktop is used for installing final apps, devices, games, drivers, etc. Then finish the OOBE when you have finished, and you might see the Welcome screen as well as the black bar extending as if it is Android's navigation bar's length, then log off of it then log your account in again, and you are in your actual account. You can shut down, hibernate or restart your computer and while you turn on after Windows booting has finished, you see the wallpaper that you set for SYSTEM or SYSTEM set it.
All Windows XP computers (EVEN SP1, SP2, AND SP3) are affected to this bug.
This can put a high risk into breaking your system by hacking registry and deleting.
You should never use Windows XP. Also it's support has ended.
- Windows XP*
- Windows XP Professional
- Windows XP Home Edition
- Windows XP SP1, SP2 and SP3*
- Windows XP Professional SP1, SP2 and SP3
- Windows XP Home Edition SP1, SP2 and SP3
- Windows XP 64-bit*
- Windows XP 64-bit Professional
- Windows XP 64-bit Home Edition
- Windows XP 64-bit SP1, SP2 and SP3*
- Windows XP Professional 64-bit SP1, SP2 and SP3
- Windows XP Home Edition 64-bit SP1, SP2 and SP3
* This could be also black editions, pirated editions, etc.