Pre-Windows 7 we can press CTRL+ALT+DEL to get the User+Password dialog (a.k.a. classic logon screen).

Is there a key combination to get this "classic logon screen" from the default logon screen (i.e. the "Welcome screen" that shows the different users available that you click and then enter a password)?

Note: I simply want a key combination to get the classic logon dialog. I do not want to configure the system to use the classic logon logon via secpol.msc or gpedit.msc.

  • Why? Where is the application in adding extra steps to actually log in? – Maximilian Burszley Aug 29 '17 at 16:09
  • I'm not entirely sure, but I believe the enter or space can be used instead of clicking the mouse. – LPChip Aug 29 '17 at 17:00
  • too many users in the logon screen... also I like (and used very much) the shortcut to the logon dialog and prefer it... there are also other reasons but I believe the above are sufficient.... – ZEE Aug 29 '17 at 18:14
  • Do you want to get a command prompt like log-on window? – Biswapriyo Aug 29 '17 at 19:21
  • I haven't used windows 7 in some time, but I seem to recall getting to that screen by holding ctrl+alt and hitting del twice. I don't have a way of testing it at this moment. – nullmeta Aug 29 '17 at 23:18

In Windows Vista and later, the only way to access the Classic logon prompt is by enabling it through Group Policy.

According to the Wikipedia article List of features removed in Windows Vista, the ability to access the classic logon prompt by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del twice was removed starting with Vista:

Although classic logon and Ctrl+Alt+Del enforcement can be enabled through Group Policy, the classic logon prompt cannot be made to appear by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del at the Welcome screen twice. This makes it impossible to logon to a hidden user account while the Welcome screen is enabled (when Classic Logon is not enforced through Group Policy).

Therefore the answer to your question is No.

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