This hack takes advantage of the sticky keys message when the shift key press multiple times. by replacing the sethc.exe file in the system32 directory with cmd.exe. it replaces the message with a command prompt. It also happens to be when the stick keys command runs it has administrative privileges. This means that you can gain access to the admin command prompt! allowing for changing the password or even creating new users!
Stick keys hack been around for years and still work on windows 7,8, and 10! This hack only works with Local accounts and not any microsoft accounts.
Boot Usb Stick
First, you’re going to want to get your hands on a USB stick and flash a Linux distro to it. You can use my Yumi tutorial for making your own Multi flash USB stick, and learn how to load boot USB sticks. Any Linux distro will work, but in this tutorial ill be using Pop-os
When the Linux distro boots to its live environment. Hit ctrl+alt+T or meta+T on the keyboard(meta key aka windows key) the terminal will show up.
Performing The Hack
After that, the hack has been made. type and run
reboot this will reset the computer, remember to remove the USB stick after it starts to reset.
Using The Hack And Changing a Password
Boot back to windows login screen then repeatedly hit the shift button. You should see a command line box pop up.
Thats it, login with the new password or if its blank press enter with no password. Don’t forget to undo the hack after your done, which can be done my copying the
Make a New Account
If you can’t change the password, its probably a microsoft account. Make a new admin account instead and gain full control!
To see the change you need to reboot the computer, once rebooted you will see the new user. It won’t have a password, and it will have administraion privileges.