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When I press Ctrl+Alt+Del to lock my Windows 7 computer, it takes a long time before the lock screen is displayed.

Why would it be so slow to load the lock screen and how can I fix it?

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    What are you trying to achieve? – Xavierjazz Sep 30 '12 at 19:37
  • I think it's written in my post ;) – Searush Sep 30 '12 at 19:37
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    Are you talking about a specific computer, or do you think it's slow in general (on every Windows 7 machine)? Mine is fast, and so has been every computer I can think of that isn't busy doing something. Perhaps you have a busy (background) process? What have you tried already to diagnose? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Sep 30 '12 at 19:40
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    > I think it's written in my post No, actually it’s not. What exactly is “loading”, Task Manager, the Windows logon prompt? – Synetech Sep 30 '12 at 19:46
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    I have seen it the machine is ground to a halt, so you press ctrl-alt-del to get up task-manager to kill off the offending process. But it takes an age. I thing it used to run an higher priority, so you could use it to kill stuff. – ctrl-alt-delor Sep 30 '12 at 19:53
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The same problem exists in vista and xp, and still in 8 as well. The problem as well as the solution is in the hardware. Usually the hardware that comes in a computer is bare minimum to run the software, I noticed the same problem in one of my own computers but after adding a gig of ram to the computer it became instantaneous.

EDIT: So simply put, add a extra gig of ram to your computer and it should solve your problem.

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Try and use other shortcuts to do the same functions as some of the options on the Ctrl-Alt-Delete screen.

  • Ctrl-Alt-Escape Brings up the Windows Task Manager
  • WindowsKey-L Locks the computer
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    Ctrl-Alt-Del doesn't bring up the UAC prompt. – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Sep 30 '12 at 19:48
  • Your correct, Ctrl-Alt-Delete doesn't fade the screen so removed that part of the answer. – Brian Sep 30 '12 at 19:55
  • Ctrl+Shift+Escape brings task manager, not Ctrl+Alt+Escape – Searush Nov 2 '12 at 16:52

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