January 7, 2016

Enable CTRL+ALT+DELETE for Windows Vista Logon

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For the 99% of you that have been using Windows OS systems most of your lives the standard login for several versions have been to use Control+ALT+DELETE key combination to login. This quick walk through will show you how to enable CTRL+ALT+DELETE for Windows Vista.

  1. First go to the start menu and type in netplwiz
  2. This will bring up the User Accounts window, click the Advanced tab and at the bottom place a check in the box Require Users to Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE and click OK
  3. Now when you power up you will have a CTRL+ALT+DELETE prompt

After hitting CTRL+ALT+DELETE you will go to the normal screen that lists your user accounts. If you want to have the traditional logon box asking for userid/password you can run this from a elevated command prompt:

reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\ /v
LogonType /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Now you will have to hit CTRL+ALT+DELETE and then enter your username/password to logon to your Vista box from now on.


  1. Great tip! I need to use active directory on a vista pc and i haven’t known until you told me. Thanx

  2. On XP, it was like people could do ctrl alt del optionally. how can i make it like that

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