Force secure Windows login using CTRL + ALT + DEL on Windows using GPO

Some time ago we already reported how you can specify in the user accounts that a user has to press the key combination before logging on

must press. Microsoft has also created the option to control this secure Windows login using the well-known key combination via Group Policy. You can find this in the Group Policy Editor under the following GPO path

Computer Configuration / Windows Settings / Security Settings / Local Policies / Security Options

the group policy

Interactive registration: no CTRL + ALT + DEL required

We have shown you this GPO here below.

Interactive login No CTRL + ALT + DEL required

With this group policy, it is now important that you click on


poses. This forces the user to press the CTRL + ALT + DEL key combination before logging on to Windows . We have also shown this to you below.

To unlock, press the key combination CTRL + ALT + DEL

Microsoft also provides the following information about this group policy.

Interactive registration: no CTRL + ALT + DEL required

This security setting determines whether CTRL + ALT + DEL must be pressed before a user logs on .

If this policy is enabled on a computer , the user does not have to press CTRL + ALT + DEL to log on. Bypassing CTRL + ALT + DELETE exposes users to attempts to intercept passwords. Pressing CTRL + ALT + DEL ensures that users communicate through a trusted path when entering passwords.

If this policy is disabled , each user must press CTRL + ALT + DEL before logging on to Windows.

Default setting on domain computers: Enabled: At least Windows 8 / Disabled: Windows 7 or earlier.
Default setting on standalone computers: Enabled.

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