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Windows 7: Ctrl+Alt+Del Annoyance

30 Dec 2012   #1
Rand Marks

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 
Ctrl+Alt+Del Annoyance

Hi,

I am a veteran XP user who has recently (and grudgingly) switched to 7. One of the myriad annoyances that I have encountered in this inflated version of Windows is the welcome screen that appears when I press Ctrl+Alt+Del, patronizingly presenting me with the option to lock my computer, switch user, log off, change my password, or run the Task Manager, rather than directly running the Task Manager like itís supposed to do. I am aware of Ctrl+Shit+Esc and programs like AutoHotkey, but I donít want to replace Ctrl+Alt+Del, and I shouldnít have to. Is it possible to make this hotkey run the Task Manager directly without displaying that loathsome option screen?

Rand Marks


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30 Dec 2012   #2
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

No. Learn to use CTRL + SHIFT + ESC to launch Task Manager, this is the real hot key for it, even in Windows XP. CTRL + ALT + DELETE is a special key command that is not capable of being captured except for Windows itself. What you go used to was a default configuration setting in consumer versions of Windows XP, that "loathsome option screen" is what is opened on Windows NT.
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30 Dec 2012   #3
Kari

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As Logiearth told you above, the correct keyboard shortcut both on XP and Seven to open Task Manager is CTRL + SHIFT + ESC, not CTRL + ALT + DEL as you mention.

If you press CTRL + ALT + DEL on XP you get this:

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It's the same you get with that keyboard shortcut on Seven, only graphical layout is different:

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Kari


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30 Dec 2012   #4
Rand Marks

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
not CTRL + SHIFT + DEL as you mention.
Hi,

I never mentioned that key combination. Please re-read my post.
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30 Dec 2012   #5
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Sorry, it's a typo from my side. I of course meant CTRL + ALT + DEL, not CTRL + SHIFT + DEL.

My typo fixed, post is now correct. You, however, are still wrong.

Kari
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30 Dec 2012   #6
Rand Marks

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
You, however, are still wrong.
Hi,

In the 11 years that I have used Windows XP (Home, Professional, SP1-SP3, what have you), Ctrl+Alt+Del has always run the Task Manager directly without displaying any such screen as in your image. Please check your facts before posting ill-informed statements.
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30 Dec 2012   #7
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

The default action for CTRL + ALT + DEL on Windows XP is as told in Logiearth's and my posts. The default action for CTRL + SHIFT + ESC is to open Task Manager.

It's true that on XP if the Fast User Switching is enabled also the shortcut CTRL + ALT + DEL opens Task Manager. However, this is not default action for said keyboard shortcut and must be separately enabled (Control-Alt-Delete - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).

So, as mentioned, the default shortcut to open Task Manager on all Windows versions since Windows 2000 is CTRL + SHIFT + ESC.

With your Windows experience it should not be too hard to learn to use the default shortcut, although different than on XP?

Kari
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30 Dec 2012   #8
oreo27

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

And unfortunately for you, there is no known way of changing that behavior apart from Autohotkey.
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30 Dec 2012   #9
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

you could start task manager and whilst it is open, right click the task manager icon on the taskbar and select pin to taskbar. no need for shortcuts or hotkeys default or otherwise.
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30 Dec 2012   #10
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Boohbah's idea is a good one. I use two mouse clicks: right click Taskbar for context menu, left click Task Manager to open it.

Kari
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