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.
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.