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CTRL-ALT-DELETE option blocked out Windows 8.1

  1. #1


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 x64

    CTRL-ALT-DELETE option blocked out Windows 8.1


    Apologies if this is in the wrong section

    I went through the Control UserPasswords2 options panel to enable the CTRL-ALT-DELETE option on my laptop, but the option is blocked out and I cannot click it, I have never had any problem with this in any earlier Windows version, is this because I do not have Windows 8.1 Pro?

    I have included a snip of the window with the option blocked out
    Click image for larger version

    OS: Windows 8.1 x64

    Many Thanks

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Jay,

    It looks like you have a policy set that is overriding netplwiz causing to show as grayed out. If you like, you could use OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to set this to what you like.

    Secure Sign-in with Ctrl+Alt+Delete - Enable or Disable in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    I always though CTRL-ALT-DEL was strictly for domain logons, and you need windows 8 pro or enterprise to join a domain?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by guymalloc View Post
    I always though CTRL-ALT-DEL was strictly for domain logons, and you need windows 8 pro or enterprise to join a domain?
    Hey Guy,

    Nar, you can enable CTRL+ALT+DELETE secure sign-in in all editions.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Apologies for the very late reply.

    I tried the option you suggested, but the box is still grayed out and no CTRL-ALT-DEL option comes up on my sign in screen.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    In that case, you could try doing a system restore using a restore point date before this happened to hopefully undo and fix it for you.

    System Restore - How to Do in Windows 8
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