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Bypassing Control-Alt-Delete

Posted on 2004-04-20
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The delete key in my laptop is broken. I have Windows 2000 OS loaded and I am unable to log into the laptop. Please let me know if there is a way to boot up the laptop by bypassing the Control-Alt-Delete login screen. I have tried holding the shift key when the laptop is booting up, but it still takes me to the Control-Alt-Delete screen.

Also once I have logged on, how do i completely disable the Control-Alt-Delete option.
Thank you
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plug in a usb keyboard (or a ps2 one if theres a socket then reboot)
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Then you can disable "require CTRL+ALT+DEL to logon in the local security policy, remove the external keyboard - problem solved :)
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See http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;234562 ("HOW TO: Enable Automatic Logon in Windows 2000 Professional"). Might not be quite what you want, but would help.
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by:Pete Long
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Start the registry editor (regedit.exe)
Move to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
Double click on DisableCAD (create of type REG_DWORD if it does not exist)
Set to 1 if you don't want to have to press Ctrl-Alt-Del, and set to 0 if you do. Click OK
Close the registry editor
Reboot the machine

This can also be set via a GUI on Windows 2000 Professional as follows:

Start the Users and Passwords control panel applet (Start - Settings - Control Panel - Users and Passwords)
Select the Advanced tab
Unselect "Require users to press Ctrl-Alt-Delete before logging on."
http://www.winnetmag.com/Files/16/14893/usersandpass.gif
Click Apply then OK
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Go to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy. Browse to Local Policies > Security Options.
On the right windows pane, scroll down until you find Interactive logon: Do not require CTRL+ALT+DEL, double click and then select Enabled
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Please understand that i cannot go to control panel, or the registry, or any other administrative options. I am unable to get into the computer because the delete key does not work. I can only disable, etc etc once I am able to get in.
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thats why you need to borrow an external keyboard, but if the delete key is fragged then Id suggest a new keyboard for the laptop
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>>thats why you need to borrow an external keyboard

Not necessarily. If the Laptop is connected to a network, remote registry editing could help to apply the changes mentioned in http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;310584
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ThanQ
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