Every once in a while my lock screen suddenly requires me to press ctrl+alt+del in order to bring up the password screen. Normally pressing any key will do just fine but nothing seems to work.

This isn't like the regular "Please press CTRL+ALT+DEL to log on" message, the lock screen looks like it always does; A Bing wallpaper and a clock. My media keys (pause, play, next, prev etc.) still work and show Spotify changing songs.

Is there a feature that causes this behavior? A reboot gets rid of it but I'd rather not have it show up at all.


This article on the Ctrl-Alt-Del function may be the answer: Microsoft Article on Ctrl-ALt-Del at Logon

The policy called: Interactive Logon: Do not Require ALt-Ctrl-Delete

at location: Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options

This policy has three possible values: Enabled, Disabled and Not defined. I suggest setting it to Enabled. This will prevent windows from requiring the Alt-Ctrl-Del function.

I do suggest checking for any malware that can possibly affect your group policies such as this.

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    This is for enabling the standard "press ctrl+alt+del to log on" message. I don't get any message, it's just that ctrl+alt+del is the only combination that gets me the login prompt. Normally I just hit spacebar or any other key for the lock screen to fold up. – MMM Jan 24 at 0:00
  • What is “This policy”?   Reading your answer by itself (not looking at the link), I have no idea how to apply it.   Please include in your answer all the information that a user would need. … … … … … … … … … … … Do not respond in comments; edit your answer to make it clearer and more complete.   Include the link for reference. – G-Man Says 'Reinstate Monica' Jan 24 at 0:01
  • @MMM I've edited my post for clarity after checking on a Win10 PC. I just suggest setting it to enabled and check if the issue remains. In enabled state, windows should never ask for a Alt-Ctrl-Del even in your situation...? – Natsu Kage Jan 24 at 0:09

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