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Enable alternative logon screen

Posted December 2006 by Steve Sinchak

Microsoft has removed the classic Windows NT style logon screen in Windows Vista. You can no longer hit CTRL+ALT+Delete to get to a logon box where you can type in the username and password. Instead you have to enable the alternative logon screen to restore this capability.

  1. Click on the Start Button, key in secpol.msc and hit Enter.
  2. Navigate through Local Policies and Security Options.
  3. Locate and right click on "Interactive logon: Do not display last user name" and select Properties.
  4. Select Enable and hit OK.
  5. close Local Security Policy editor.

Log off and you will see the new logon screen.

Tip: If you need to log into a domain sign in with "domain\username". If you want to log into a local computer account, sign in with ".\local_username".

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