Windows XP Pro Ctrl Alt Del

Posted on 2009-07-01
Last Modified: 2012-05-07
I have a Dell Vostro 1710 laptop with windows xp pro.

However, there are a few xp features I can't get configured like my old pc (which also had windows xp pro - Inspiron 1100):

- How do I get rid of the user image / icon (e.g. chessboard).
- I used to be able to hit Ctrl-Alt-Del and get a dialog that gave me 6 choices including Lock Screen, shutdown computer, etc. If I picked Shutdown, I could choose between Hibernate, Restart, Standby, Shutdown, etc via a dropdown list. On my new computer, it just brings up the task manager and I have to use the ShutDown menu option. How can I configure this like my old pc.
Question by:ZekeLA
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bharrington83 earned 125 total points
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You need to enable secure logon.  This will take care of both issues.
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Type GPEDIT.MSC in the Run dialog box and hit Enter.  Go to  User Configuration-->Administrative Templates-->System-->CTRL+ALT+DEL options.  There are several things that can be removed:  Task Manager, Change Password, Lock Computer, Logoff.  Double click on any one you want to retain and change the setting to Not Configured.
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ZekeLA--Change the icon?  Control Panel|User Accounts|click on the account with the chessboard.  The next window allows several changes.
Control+Alt+Delete?  Are you sure you remember correctly?  I always had to click ShutDown to get those options.  There is no room for all those options on the Task Manager menubar.  And they are only one more click away.  I suppose some 3rd party program could do this, but I do not know of it.
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CAD does show those six buttons in machines with the Secure Logon enabled, as well as Fast User Switching turned off....

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bharrington83's link was close enough for the login info. For xp pro, there is no advanced tab. You click on "change the way users log on or log off" and uncheck "Use the Welcome Screen". That gives you the standard Ctrl-Alt-Del options of Lock Computer, Logoff, Shut Down, Change Password, Task Manager, Cancel. jcimarron is correct about having to hit Shut Down to get to the options.

But for the picture, I only found a way to *change* the picture, not to remove it. Perhaps I was using a customize Classic Start Menu version for the taskbar properties. Let me know if you know a different way to get rid of the picture icon in the start menu.

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LeeTutor earned 125 total points
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If you're talking about removing the picture from the Start Menu, then all you have to do is change to the Classic Start Menu, rather than use the new XP Start Menu.  See this page:
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ZekeLA, any feedback?

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Hi LeeTutor. I won't be able to confirm the picture until Sunday. At the moment I only have my new laptop. I assume Classic Start Menu is the answer but I want to look at both side by side so I can match the settings. I'll confirm then.

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LeeTutor, I went the remove picture route which worked.

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