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How to Enforce the Users on Windows 7 Computer to Press Ctrl+Alt+Del before Logging?

Dec 19, 2013

The feature of pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del is by default enabled on any network operating system, that is, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008. Also, when a client computer is joined to a domain it inherits this feature and enforces domain users to press this key combination before they can get the login dialogue box. However, if administrators want, they can configure this setting on a Windows 7 computer which is either in a workgroup environment or is not connected to any network at all. This setting although adds an extra layer of security, it is not recommended on home computers in order to make things easier for home users. As an administrator, if you want to configure this you can follow the steps given below:

1. Logon to the computer with an administrator account.

2. Click on the Start button.

3. At the bottom of the Start menu in the search box type gpedit.msc command and press enter key.

4. On Local Group Policy Editor snap in under Computer Configuration expand Windows Settings and then expand Security Settings.

5. Expand Local Policies and click on Security Options.

6. From the right pane double click on Interactive logon: Do not require CTRL+ALT+DEL and on the opened Window select Enabled radio button.

7. Once done, click on the Ok button and close Local Group Policy Editor snap-in.

8. Open Command Prompt and in the command window type gpupdate /force to update here computer policy with the latest configuration.

9. Close Command Prompt.