Change Ctrl+Alt+Delete options using Registry In Windows 7 / 8

Windows, via tweaking let you do interesting things. Some are easier to perform and lets you customize your PC and make it run the way you like. A simple tweak simply makes you learn a keyboard shortcut you would like to use to perform a task you undertake regularly. While some advanced tweaks involve Registry editing.

Let us in this post see how to change Ctrl+Alt+Delete Options using the Windows Registry in Windows 7 / 8. Please note that the tweak requires modifying registry settings. It is advisable to backup your settings before proceeding further.

Change Ctrl+Alt+Delete options using Registry

In Windows, when you click Ctrl + Alt + Delete together, you are presented with a screen with following options:

  • Lock this computer
  • Switch User
  • Log Off
  • Change a password
  • Task Manager

Should you wish to, you can opt to hide one or more of these options, as follows. Open Regedit and navigate to the following key

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

registry editor

Double click on value/s mentioned below & set its value as 1. This will disable the corresponding option from appearing.

registry editor value

  • DisableLockWorkstation
  • HideFastUserSwitching
  • NoLogoff
  • DisableChangePassword
  • DisableTaskMgr

If any of them don’t exist, right-click on any blank white space in RHS and create a New DWORD value name, as mentioned above, and set its value to 1.

This will disable the corresponding option. To revert back to default, you may switch the value, back to 0.

Do always create a system restore point first, before touching the Registry!

Also see how you can customize Ctrl+Alt+Del Screen in Windows 7 / 8 using Group Policy.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.