Cannot Ctrl+Alt+Del during logon

Posted on 2003-12-12
Last Modified: 2007-12-19
Hi experts,

I had set my WinXP logon and logoff options to use the welcome screen and also use fast user switching.

'coz the user Administrator is not shown, I have to press ctrl+alt+del twice to enable administrator login.

The problem is that for a particular system, it does not allow me to ctrl+alt+del . That means, the computer is not responding to ctrl+alt+del? How to rectify this problem?

Also, is it possible to configure the ctrl+alt+del to be once instead of twice? Thank you.
Question by:surework
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Expert Comment

ID: 9928779
QUOTED from XP help

You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group on a computer that is part of a network domain in order to complete this procedure. Network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure.

Open User Accounts in Control Panel.
Click the Advanced tab.
In Secure logon, select the Require users to press Ctrl+Alt+Delete check box.

To open User Accounts, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click User Accounts.
Pressing CTRL+ALT+DELETE before logging on guarantees that the authentic Windows logon prompt appears. Requiring the use of CTRL+ALT+DELETE increases security and helps to thwart certain Trojan horse programs
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Expert Comment

ID: 9928804
also see if this registry key looks like this

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\DisableTaskMgr = dword:0

Author Comment

ID: 9928848
Hi Crazyone

Login as administrator

I'd Open User Accounts in Control Panel. But couldn't find the Advanced tab.

Please help. Thank you.
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Accepted Solution

CrazyOne earned 500 total points
ID: 9928873
Try this

start > Run control userpasswords2

Expert Comment

ID: 9929682
Try disabling fast user switching and the welcome screen.  With that enabled you will not be able to use CTRL-ALT-DEL.  By disabling that, it will take you to standard W2K like logon (i.e. CTRL ALT DEL)

Hope that helps.

Author Comment

ID: 9930127
Hi TheBrothaULuv2H8

That sure won't help. Sorry for being blunt.

If I would have resume to such method, why do I bother to throw such a question on the board? Why don't you suggest to reformat my harddisk and reinstall my WinXP?

Is that normally what you suggested to your customers when problem arise?

Please think about it.

Author Comment

ID: 9930157
Hi CrazyOne,

As I'm at home now, I won't be able to test on the office's system. Can only test it out on Monday. Will let u know of the result when I return to office.

By the way, how can I open up the same User Accounts from the control panel instead having to click

start > Run control userpasswords2

Thank you.

Expert Comment

ID: 9930453
Wow, that was kind of rude.  Maybe I misunderstood the question, or maybe I had a hard time understanding your broken english.  Nevertheless, I was just trying to be helpful, how silly of me.  Good luck.

Author Comment

ID: 9948339
Hi TheBrothaULuv2H8

Once again, apologized for being blunt and sorry for my very broken English.

You are indeed silly. I'm offering 500 points for an at least a relevant suggestion. If your level of understanding broken english is a huge problem, then please don't try to answer.

I know you are trying to help. But by trying to answer blindly , you are wasting people's precious time reading your no-sense suggestion.

I had browsed your Profile, you had an expert point of 290. Please spend more times on questions that are below 50 points. Maybe you can make it, and leave the 500 points question to the real experts.

I hate to say that but I just couldn't endure. Sorry.


Expert Comment

ID: 10133050
hmm...surework, I've never actually posted before but I thought this time might just deserve it.

You come across as a bit of a jerk, regardless of the broken english.

Oh by the way, computer not recognizing ctrl-alt-del? Must be a bad keyboard, have you tried replacing it?;-)

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