Customize Ctrl+Alt+Del Screen using Group Policy in Windows 10/8/7

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 10/8/7/Vista, to open Task Manager, you now have to press Ctrl+Shift+Esc.

Customize Ctrl+Alt+Del Screen

Using the Group Policy Editor in Professional and above latter versions of Windows, you can easily modify or customize 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.

Customize Ctrl+Alt+Del Screen

Now navigate down to User Configuration > Administrative Templates. You will find a System subfolder 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.

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

  • 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.

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 10/8/7/Vista edition does not have Group Policy, you can change Ctrl+Alt+Delete options using Registry.

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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.


  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. K s jattan

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

  5. Illogical Indian

    A have this application where i disable the options presented at Ctrl+Alt+Del screen by changing the values in windows registry. (It is imp that i do this due to security reasons).

    Since i have moved the application to Windows 10, i have been able to remove the command list like “Sign out, Lock, Change a password, Switch user etc..”.

    Till windows 8 changing the value of, HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorerNoLogoff and HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorerNoClose

    from 0 to 1 used to do the trick. However in windows 10, the keys exist but they are not of any help.

    Thanks in advance.

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