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Windows 7: Old school Windows login screen


31 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
Old school Windows login screen

Is it possible to bring back the old school login screen from older Windows OS's? Here's a picture of what I'm talking about.



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31 Jan 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Shoober,

Yes, it sure is. The tutorial below can help show you how to set Windows to require users to enter both a user name and password at log in.

Log On with User Name and Password
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31 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

That's pretty cool, but I also want the traditional windows login screen look. Can you have the retro window like in the Windows 2000 picture? I know there's a way to use the traditional grey login window in Windows XP, to where it looks identical to the Windows 2000 picture, except it says Windows XP above the login text. Here's an example.

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31 Jan 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I'm not sure about that.
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31 Jan 2013   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

It should be possible.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Windows 7 Administrator's Pocket Consultant, William R. Stanek
Using Classic Logon vs. Simple Logon

The simple logon window is implemented in Windows 7. It is the default mechanism for authentication, and although that view can be useful, some users might prefer to see only the classic logon window. To use classic logon rather than simple logon, follow these steps:
  1. Access Group Policy for the computer you want to work with. Next, access the Administrative Templates policies for Computer Configuration under System/Logon.
  2. Double-click Always Use Classic Logon. Select Enabled, and then click OK.
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31 Jan 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Dwarf, but that didn't change anything for me when I tried it.


EDIT:
I believe that policy is only for logging on to another computer in the workgroup instead, and not part of a domain.
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31 Jan 2013   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Let me boot up into Windows 7 and see if I can get it to work.
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31 Jan 2013   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

No go for me either.
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31 Jan 2013   #9

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

I just enabled that "Always use classic logon" setting and it doesn't work for me either. I guess Windows XP was the last OS to have it.
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