September 23, 2015

Enable CTRL+ALT+DELETE for Windows Vista Logon

listen Enable CTRL+ALT+DELETE for Windows Vista Logon

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
    ctrl alt delete 01 66x150 Enable CTRL+ALT+DELETE for Windows Vista Logon
  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
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  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 HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem /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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