How To Enable/Disable Secure Log On [CTRL+ALT+DEL] in Windows 7 [Quick Tip]

You can easily configure Windows 7 to require all users to press CTRL+ALT+DEL to log on securely. When users press CTRL+ALT+DEL they are prompted to give a valid username and password to access the computer.

When you use secure log on, it provides an extra layer of security for your computer by ensuring that the authentic Windows log on-screen appears. It is known as secure log on as when it is enabled, no other malicious program (e.g. a spyware or a virus) can intercept your user name and password as you enter it.

One of the way you can configure this is through Advanced User Accounts, as described below.

  • Open the Start Menu.
  • Type netplwiz within the search box and press Enter.


  • Now, from the User Accounts dialog box, click the Advanced tab.


  • Select the option Require users to press CTRL+ALT+DEL to enable secure log on.
  • Click on Apply and then OK to save your preferences.
  • If you ever want to disable secure log on, simply follow the above procedure and deselect the option Require users to press CTRL+ALT+DEL.

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