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    Hello! Does anybody know how to enable "classic" logon screen on Vista Business computer in a workgroup (NOT in a domain) ? I do not want the users see all accounts' names when they logging on.
    Friday, December 14, 2007 9:32 PM

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  • Hi,

     

    Thank you for your post.

     

    To enable “Ctrl-Alt-Del” logon on Windows Vista Business computer, please perform the following steps:

     

    1.    Logon the system with an administrator account.

    2.    Type secpol.msc in the Start Search box, and press Enter.

    3.    In the Local Security Policy window, navigate to Local Policies \ Security Options, double-click the policy “Interactive Logon: Do not display last user name" and change the setting to Enable.

    4.    Type gpupdate.exe in the Start Search box to apply the policy.

     

    Hope it helps.   

     

    Sincerely,

    Joson Zhou

    Microsoft Online Community Support

     

    Tuesday, December 18, 2007 10:00 AM
    Moderator

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  • Hi,

     

    Thank you for your post.

     

    To enable “Ctrl-Alt-Del” logon on Windows Vista Business computer, please perform the following steps:

     

    1.    Logon the system with an administrator account.

    2.    Type secpol.msc in the Start Search box, and press Enter.

    3.    In the Local Security Policy window, navigate to Local Policies \ Security Options, double-click the policy “Interactive Logon: Do not display last user name" and change the setting to Enable.

    4.    Type gpupdate.exe in the Start Search box to apply the policy.

     

    Hope it helps.   

     

    Sincerely,

    Joson Zhou

    Microsoft Online Community Support

     

    Tuesday, December 18, 2007 10:00 AM
    Moderator
  • And if you actually want them to have to press Ctrl+Alt+Del to login, while you are in there you also need to set "Interactive Login: Do not require Ctrl+Alt+Del" to Disabled.

     

    Thursday, December 20, 2007 9:26 PM
  • I did all this and I still get the Pictures.

     

    I have set these options in GPEDIT SECPOL and verified the settings in the registry.

     

    I am using Vista Ultimate.

     

    What am I missing. I want the good old boring windows logon box.

     

     

    Wednesday, June 4, 2008 12:20 AM
  • You won't be able to get the "old boring windows logon box".  At best, you'll be able to make them use CTRL+ALT+DEL, and get rid of the list of users and pictures.  If the local security policy changes didn't do it, you might need to disable fast user switching as well.  Click Start, gpedit.msc, go to Administrative Templates -> System -> Logon, set Hide entry points for Fast User Switching to Enabled and set Always use classic logon to Enabled.

     

    Hope this helps.

     

    Wednesday, June 4, 2008 11:20 AM
  • I am working in a test environment with Server 2008 x64 and have been attempting to get my servers setup to require CTRL+ALT+DEL and not display the username. I have applied all the settings described in this article, but I am still presented the list of usernames and never prompted to press CTRL+ALT+DEL.

    I have tried this on several different servers, both physical and virtual, with the same results.

    I really need these settings to actually be appplied and provide the expected behavior to get an automated test tool to function correctly.

    All the systems I have been working with are Enterprise versions of Server 2008. I have tried them both in a workgroup and as part of a domain.

    Does anyone know if these settings work differently on the Standard and Datacenter editions?

     

    Tuesday, August 19, 2008 7:50 PM
  • I see that I'm not alone in wanting my operating system to behave in an adult manner.  I don't want an "avator" nor a flowered background.  Just a black background with textboxes for username and password.  The best I can do is create a solid background for each screen resolution I may need (a real good use of my time) and stare at an empty "picture frame". 

    Would you pleaseaddress this, Microsoft?  It's bad enough to search and search for things which have been changed for no good reason, but this childish login reassures me that Microsoft has misplaced priorities each time I login.
    Friday, March 5, 2010 5:37 PM
  • wrong thread
    • Proposed as answer by RandNerd Saturday, May 15, 2010 1:10 PM
    • Edited by RandNerd Saturday, May 15, 2010 1:11 PM edit
    Saturday, May 15, 2010 1:10 PM
  • Thank you! This trick worked for Windows 7 Professional, too! I had previously gone into the registry to get CTRL+ALT_DELETE to show, but was still getting the last username instead of the clean boxes I had hoped for. -AA
    Friday, July 2, 2010 12:22 AM
  • hi if u wana to change user account pic in windows 7 just open control panel and open user account and click on change pic click on that and change to select pic............!!
    Wednesday, July 14, 2010 1:08 PM
  • I know there is a way to simply delete these ugly pictures so thre is just an empty box displayed.

    But I currently cant find how to it, if someone has the paths where this pics are stored just let me know.

    • Proposed as answer by Paganoj2 Monday, June 10, 2013 4:26 AM
    Thursday, July 22, 2010 7:21 PM
  • Does not work in Windows 7 Pro.
    Tuesday, August 9, 2011 4:25 PM
  • This doesnt work in Windows 7 Pro either.

    Tuesday, August 9, 2011 4:26 PM
  • Nope, this may work in Vista but not Windows 7 Pro. MS has made numerious stupid changes for the sake of security. My clients are being forced to stay with XP until it totally dies.
    Tuesday, August 9, 2011 4:28 PM
  • Leave it to MS to come create the best Windows OS yet "7" and then make simple configuration and Admin issues difficult to impossible. PS: We are replacing our XP boxes with "7" and I have discussed this numerious times with MS Support and they agree that "7" is cripled in many ways on purpose.

    Tuesday, August 9, 2011 4:34 PM
  • This works with Windows 7 Enterprise
    Tuesday, October 9, 2012 5:19 PM
  • I know there is a way to simply delete these ugly pictures so thre is just an empty box displayed.

    But I currently cant find how to it, if someone has the paths where this pics are stored just let me know.

    There is Press WinKey + R then type in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures

    Delete the Following Files

    user.bmp

    guest.bmp

     

    Press WinKey + R type in gpedit.msc

    Go To Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > User Accounts

    Click on Apply the Default User Logon Picture to All Users

    Select Enabled

    Close Out

    Type in Gpupdate /force

    if prompted to restart type n

    if prompted to logoff type y, the system will log you off and you will see the new changes.

    if you want to do this in a domain use group policy preferences, go to files and delete the files from the path, then go and apply the user account policy


    Monday, June 10, 2013 4:32 AM
  • Thank you
    Thursday, February 20, 2014 7:00 AM