Enable or disable CTRL+ALT+DELETE requirement for logon to Windows 7

While one can always disable Secure Logon or Ctrl Alt Del using UI, Group Policy or Windows Registry and set it to not require CTRL+ALT+DEL, before logging on to a Windows 7 or Windows Vista computer, Microsoft has now released a Fix It which allows you to do so automatically.

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In Windows 7, 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.

The Ctrl+Alt+Del screen adds a layer of security to your Windows computer as it enables secure logon. By enabling secure logon, users are required to press Ctrl+Alt+Del before they can enter their credentials and log on. But if you wish, you can now easily disable the Ctrl+Alt+Del requirement for logon, using a Microsoft Fix It.

Enable or disable CTRL+ALT+DELETE requirement for logon

We have seen how you can enable or disable CTRL+ALT+DELETE sequence by disabling secure logon for a faster login process in Windows 7 using Windows Registry and the Group Policy Editor.

To make things easier, Microsoft has, via KB308226 released a Microsoft Fix It 50405 that lets you enable the CTRL+ALT+DEL sequence requirement for logging on and Microsoft Fix it 50406 to disable the CTRL+ALT+DELETE sequence for logging on. This wizard may be in English only; however, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.

The Fix It portable, so if you need to, you can save the Fix it solution to a flash drive or a CD and then run it on the computer you want.

Note that you must be logged on with Administrator rights to perform this task.

If your computer is part of a domain, domain-wide policies may have been set that override the settings you make on the local computer.

How to change Ctrl+Alt+Delete options in Windows may also interest you. See this post if you want to enable Do not display last username in Logon Screen setting.

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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.