How To Enable Ctrl-Alt-Del in Windows7

Using Windows7 is very different from Vista, including the sign-in feature to authenticate the user. The ctrl-alt-del feature is missing from the screen so anyone can access the computer. But there is a simple way to put that feature back on line. Follow the next few steps to enable that feature.

Go to the start icon.

Click The Start Icon

Click The Start Icon

The next step is to use the search and type the netplwiz command.

Type NetPlwiz

Type NetPlwiz

The User Accounts box opens with two tabs: Users and Advanced.

Select User Accounts

Select User Accounts

Next select the advanced tab.

Check the box to enable Ctrl-Alt-Del

Check the box to enable Ctrl-Alt-Del

The secure logon feature will now be enabled when you check “require users to press Ctrl + Alt + Delete.”

This is nominal security to be sure, but if you want it enabled, it is easy to do.

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6 Responses to How To Enable Ctrl-Alt-Del in Windows7

  1. Jonathan November 23, 2009 at 11:39 am #

    What exactly does Ctrl-alt-Del do? I’ve never understood it.

  2. Guest November 23, 2009 at 12:35 pm #

    From what I have heard it causes a power interruption signal in your keyboard that can only be done from the keyboard itself and not remotely, but how do programs like remote desktop and others emulate that signal as there is no way to do it using APIs to my knowledge.

  3. Guest November 23, 2009 at 12:52 pm #

    From what I have heard it causes a power interruption signal in your keyboard that can only be done from the keyboard itself and not remotely, but how do programs like remote desktop and others emulate that signal as there is no way to do it using APIs to my knowledge.

  4. pyro January 29, 2010 at 12:00 am #

    for those of us who have been using PCs before the advent of windows being the OS know that crtl-alt-del was a warm boot. Windows kept it out of nostalgia as the keyboard shortcut to task manager.

    • guest August 31, 2010 at 9:30 am #

      The reason Windows used the ctrl alt del key combination was to prevent the old DOS users from being able to just soft boot a PC when there could be other programs running. Since you could have more than one thing open you might lose that information/data. In DOS and other non-multi threaded OS’s once you were locked you were locked. So doing a softboot really didn’t make anything any worse. AND YES it is a security mechanism as stated by turbo but that is why they chose that key combo.

  5. Anonymous February 22, 2010 at 2:58 pm #

    It is actually a security mechanism. Ctrl-Alt-Del is a hardware interrupt and prevents keyloggers and what not from capturing the password when a user logs into the system. This has been in place since Windows NT 3.1.

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