How To: Add Ctrl+Alt+Delete to Windows 7 Logon

Add Ctrl+Alt+Delete to Windows 7 Logon

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Today we will be talking about further measures you can take to secure your Windows 7 logon screen.  To see my previous post on how to add a username and password to your logon screen, see here.

Introduction to CTRL-ALT-DELETE at logon 

It looks pointless, right?  I guess you are wondering how it works and what security measures this plays? 

How to Add Ctrl+Alt+Delete to Windows 7 Logon

This is a two-factor authentication.  But this one isn't to stop the hackers, but rather viruses and malware.  This is a way to ensure that the authentic Windows logon screen appears.  When the secure logon is enabled, no other program can intercept your username and password as you enter them. 

How to enable this feature

Open the Start Menu and type netplwiz then press enter.  The following screen will appear:

How to Add Ctrl+Alt+Delete to Windows 7 Logon

When this window appears, click on the advanced tab.  Right down the bottom there should be a title "Secure Logon".  Check the box that says "require users to press Ctrl-Alt-Delete".  To turn off this feature, do the same thing but un-check the box.


If you have a tablet connected to the computer with it's drivers installed, you may see the following at logon "Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete or use the Windows Security Button to log on".

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