Customize Ctrl+Alt+Del Screen In Windows 7 Using Group Policy

Until Windows XP, the Ctrl+Alt+Del shortcut, was used to open the Windows Task Manager. But from Windows Vista onwards it was changed to open a new Ctrl+Alt+Del screen with consisted of options such as locking or logging off, starting the Task Manager etc. In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, to open Task Manager you now have to press Ctrl+Shift+Esc.

Using the Group Policy Editor in Professional and above latter versions of Windows, you can easily modify the Ctrl+Alt+Del screen to include only the options that you want. Here’s how to do it via Group Policy.

First open the Start menu and type gpedit.msc. Press Enter. This will open the Group Policy Editor.

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Now navigate down to User Configuration > Administrative Templates. You will find a System sub folder under Administrative Templates. Click on it and in the right pane you will be able to see Ctrl+Alt+Del Options as shown below. Double click that.

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Now you will see the available options that you can customize in the right pane.

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Remove Change password – If you enable this, the Ctrl+Alt+Del screen will not show the Change Password option.

Remove Lock Computer – If you enable this, you will not be able to lock the computer from the Ctrl+Alt+Del screen.

Remove Task Manager – If you enable this, it will remove the Start Task Manager option from the Ctrl+Alt+Del screen.

Remove Log Off – This option will remove the Log Off option from the Ctrl+Alt+Del screen.

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Just double click the setting that you want to change. Select Enabled or Disabled as you wish and click OK.

You can see the changes immediately by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del.

If your Windows 7 or Vista edition does not have Group Policy, you can use Registry to hack Ctrl+Alt+Del screen. How to add Group Policy in your edition may also interest you.

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Currently pursuing Bachelors in Electronics, the author Nithin Ramesh is a technology blogger. Apart from technology his other interests include cricket and rock music.
  • Corey

    I’m using 7 Pro 64Bit, when I Ctrl+Alt+Del I see:
    Lock this computer
    Switch User
    Log off
    Change a password…
    Start Task Manager

    When I use this tip, Group Ploicy shows:
    Remove Change Password
    Remove Lock Computer
    Remove Task Manager
    Remove Logoff

    Where is the Switch User information?

  • Nithin Ramesh

    Navigate to Computer Configuration>>Administrative Templates>>System>>Logon. On the right side select “Hide entry points for fast user switching” and disable it.

  • Just Some Tech Guy

    Note well that while this does work fine to remove Lock, that also means that NOTHING on the system, including the screensavers supplied, can do that same lock! It effectively makes it impossible to lock the computer at all. Consider that if you have any expectation or need for some other vector to lock the machine.

  • K s jattan

    thanks friend.the option of locking the computer was not working.now its working after reading your guidelines and doing the actions.thank you.

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