To add an additional layer of security to your Windows computer, you can use secure login. Here we will see how to force the user to use the Ctrl + Alt + Del key combination when starting Windows 10.
The secure login requires a key sequence that can not be intercepted by any application. Requires users to use Ctrl + Alt + Del in order to enter their credentials and log into Windows 10. When enabled, it is more difficult for any malicious program to intercept the user’s username and password. By pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del, the user ensures that the actual Windows 10 login screen appears.
Activate Ctrl + Alt + Del when starting Windows 10
You can enable secure login in Windows 10 by following these steps:
# 1. Type netplwiz in the Start menu search and hit Enter to open the result of the same name.
# 2. In the User Accounts window that opened, select the Advanced tab .
# 3. Now check the option Require users to press Ctrl + Alt + Del and click the Apply / OK button .
Alternatively, what you need to do is remove Ctrl + Alt + Del when starting Windows 10, then you should uncheck this option.
The next time you start you will see the lock screen requesting to use the Ctrl + Alt + Del combination to be able to log in to Windows 10.
Enable Secure Login in Local Security Policy
Additionally you can enforce this policy using the local security policy, with these steps:
# 1. Type secpol.msc in the Start menu search and hit Enter.
# 2. In the left panel, select Local Policies > Security Options.
# 3. Now, in the right pane, double-click Interactive Login: Don’t require Ctrl + Alt + Del.
# 4. Select Disabled and click the OK button .
To remove Ctrl + Alt + Del when starting Windows 10, then you must choose Enabled in the previous window and click OK.
This security policy determines whether or not a user is required to press Ctrl + Alt + Del before logging in. If enabled, a user will not need to press Ctrl + Alt + Del. This would leave users susceptible to attacks trying to intercept their passwords.
On the other hand, if the policy is left disabled, any user is required to press Ctrl + Alt + Del before logging into Windows. This ensures that it communicates using a trusted path when entering its password.
Remove Ctrl + Alt + Del when starting Windows 10 in the registry
Type regedit in Start search and hit Enter to open the Windows Registry Editor.
Now navigate to the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ Winlogon
In the right pane, double-click DisableCad.
To disable secure login, set the value to 1.
To enable secure login, set the value to 0.
As you have seen, you have at least three ways to activate the secure login, with the key combination Ctrl + Alt + Del. This entry has been focused on Windows 10, but it works the same way in Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, etc.