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ITsVISTA KB-Link: KB977389

The keyboard shortcuts for removed options still work after you press CTRL+ALT+DEL on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008

You have a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008. You enable any of the following Group Policy settings to remove the corresponding options from the screen after you press CTRL+ALT+DEL:

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Group Policy setting Option displayed after you press CTRL+ALT+DEL Keyboard shortcut
Hide entry points for Fast User Switching Switch User ALT+W
Remove Change Password Change a password… ALT+C

Remove Lock Computer
Lock this computer ALT+K
Remove Logoff
Log off ALT+L
Remove Task Manager
Start Task Manager ALT+T

However, the keyboard shortcuts for the options that you have removed still work after you press CTRL+ALT+DEL. For example, you can press ALT+L to log off from the computer, and you can press ALT+W to switch to another user.


  • The Hide entry points for Fast User Switching Group Policy setting also removes the Switch User option from the logon screen and from the Shut down menu.
  • For more information about how to configure these Group Policy settings, see the More information section.
There is a download that resolves this issue. See Hotfixes for details.
32-bit Download: Contact Microsoft
64-Bit Download: Contact Microsoft

For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB977389.

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