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I have a Windows 7 computer with which I use an Apple keyboard. At each login, I am prompted to enter Ctrl+Alt+Delete before entering my password.

Because the Mac keyboard doesn't seem to have a Delete key, I have so far resorted to the "on-screen" virtual keyboard. This is quite annoying and I wondered if there is a better approach.

By the way, what is the point of this stupid Ctrl+Alt+Delete thing?

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This requirement can be disabled via Group Policies (gpedit.msc). – grawity Oct 17 '11 at 9:55
What Apple keyboard doesn't have a delete key? Anyway, try the numeric keypad (period/decimal with num lock off - if it doesn't have num lock, try and see if one of the 'non-PC' keys on the numeric keypad, clear and =, are mapped to numlock by default.) – Random832 Oct 17 '11 at 15:33
> The Mac keyboard doesn't seem to have a Del key o.O What kind of keyboard does not have a delete key? Can you post a photo of it? I just plugged an old Mac SE keyboard into a 64-bit Windows 7 laptop and it worked just fine using Ctrl+Alt+Del (Option has alt above it and del has a polygon (in fact, I’m typing this whole comment on it). You can also press Fn+BS, for Del, but that’s for Macbooks, not separate keyboards. – Synetech Aug 2 '12 at 18:59
@Randomblue it's a feature for accessing security options [task manager], [power options] if something goes wrong. For the iMac, we use the power button instead of CTRL + ALT + DEL, because a reboot is SOO much better than just pressing 3 keys. (Sarcasm included). But please, don't call things you don't know about stupid. I'm pretty sure the Americans didn't call pizza disgusting before knowing how it tasted. [No offense] – RookieTEC9 Dec 8 '15 at 1:38
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Windows is designed so that, unless system security is already compromised in some other way, only the Winlogon process, a trusted system process, can receive notification of the C-A-D key combination

You could probably remap the keyboard , try ctrl alt fn-delete (the easiest potential solution) or simply turn off the need to use the three fingered salute to log on

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which one worked? ;p – Journeyman Geek Oct 17 '11 at 8:45
I simply turned off the three fingered salute. :) – Randomblue Oct 17 '11 at 10:38

You can try the Apple Wireless Keyboard Helper, it maps Mac keys combos to windows keypresses.

  • F3: Printscreen
  • F4: Task Manager
  • F7 - F9: iTunes Control
  • F10 - F12: System volume Control
  • Eject: Toggles Fkeys/Functions
  • Fn + F key: Triggers function (useful when in F keys mode)
  • Fn + Backspace = Del
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Good try, but didn't work. Thanks for the other shortcuts though. – Randomblue Oct 17 '11 at 8:45

When using a Mac keyboard attached to a PC, the Mac keyboard key I use for the PC Del key is the fndelete ⌦ key combination.

This works with control and option (alt) to form a CtrlAltDel.

Using the Mac's delete, which is equivalent to the PC's Backspace, does not work for me. I don't need to use with option (alt).

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If you want to get rid of CTRL+ALT+DELETE then go to start and type netplwiz open it and hit advanced then uncheck Require CTRL+ALT+DELETE at login.Hope this helps!!!

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On my Mac keyboard, I can do Ctrl alt Backspace which says Delete.

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You have to remap your Del key to something. You can use Input Remapper to do that. It will even try to detect you mac keyboard and make some of the setting for you.

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I had the same issue. Every combination failed me. In full disclosure, I am not using a wireless bluetooth keyboard. I am using a usb keyboard with the numeric keypad on the right. After failing with all the combos above, I made sure the num lock was off. I used control (not the command key, just regular control key), option (aka alt with no fn key combo), and the "." from the keypad. No lie, that is what I used. Control + option + .

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