We've begun our migration to windows 7 and we ran into an interesting issue. When we hit "CTRL+ALT+DEL" we are brought to the "User selection Screen". Normally, this screen will have an icon for every local user for the machine. These machines are Domain members with "Fast User Switch" disabled so no user names are listed only the "Other User" option. If you click "Other User" or hit enter, the system moves on to the normal login screen where it prompts for user name and password.

Here's the issue: We want to find a way to skip over the part where a user selects "Other User". We essentially want the system to always assume that we always want "Other User" and to go directly to the login screen when a user hits "CTRL+ALT+DEL".

What I find odd is that the "Other User" doesn't show up until we've had more than one domain user log in. Right after we re-image the machine, the login process goes directly to the user credential prompt.


Security Policies set by Active Directory:

  • Interactive logon: Do not display last user name = Enabled
  • Interactive login: Do not require CTRL + ALT + DEL = Disabled

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Anyone have any ideas?

4 Answers 4


Apply following GPO's: Group Policy Management

Create or select the "Default Domain Policy", Edit

Once the 'Group Policy Management Editor' is opened, make 4 modifications

Computer Config - Policies - Window Settings - Security Options - 'Interactive Login: Do not display last user name' = Enable

Computer Config - Policies - Window Settings - Security Options - 'Interactive Login: Do not require Ctrl+Atl+Del' = Disable


Computer Config - Policies - Administrative Templates - Logon - 'Hide entery points for Fast User Switching' - Enable

Computer Config - Policies - Administrative Templates - Logon - 'Always use classic logon' - Enabled - Enable

  • The "Always use classic logon" only applies when the machine is not part of a domain if the description in gpedit is correct. These are Domain computers. Thanks for the suggestion though. Oct 5, 2010 at 19:02

Go to control panel -> Users -> Change the way users log on/off -> then uncheck the option that says use the welcome screen. That should give you the old style login box.

It's not quite as pretty as the "other user" option but it does save the extra mouse clicks.

  • I don't see the "Change the way users log on/off" option. This is a domain machine so I don't know if that makes a difference. Aug 18, 2010 at 19:03
  • Does this change a registry setting? This option is set to "not configured" in Group Policy on the Domain. Getting that changed would require justifying it to the head of IT, which is a pain. Aug 24, 2010 at 17:08

The expected behavior is for your configuration - do not show last login - to work the way you're asking for it to, so something else is amiss. I've sometimes seen this behavior when there is a corrupted user profile entry in the registry. Look in HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList and see if you have any profile ID duplicates that end in .bak. If you do, delete the one without the .bak, and remove the .bak from the other one. Log off, and the login screen should be back to normal. If this isn't the issue, post back and we'll see what else could be the problem.

  • I only have the "S-1-5-18" through "S-1-5-20" keys as well as the five (5) "S-1-5-21" user accounts on this machine. There are no duplicates or ".bak" keys. Aug 24, 2010 at 17:06
  • Hm, odd. Do you have any custom credential providers registered? You might want to try exporting the HKLM\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon and HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies keys, then do a diff against the same export from a newly imaged machine, and see if there are any differences which might indicate what's being changed. Those two keys are where settings like hide last username, etc. are stored, so it could be something in there.
    – nhinkle
    Aug 24, 2010 at 22:07
  • Any luck finding any differences in those registry keys? Or any other solutions?
    – nhinkle
    Sep 1, 2010 at 23:41

I ran into this same issue. Before I wasn't getting the extra user selection screen after pressing ctrl+alt+del. All of sudden I was most likely due to multiple domain users logging into my computer once.

I resolved it my deleting all the other user profiles except for Default and my own domain user profile. I logged out and when I logged in again, locked, then hit ctrl+alt+del for an unlock I got the straight user login and not the user selection screen.

  1. Computer
  2. Right click, Properties
  3. Advanced system settings
  4. Settings... button for User Profiles
  5. Delete any profiles except for Default Profile and your domain profile
  6. Logout
  7. ctrl+alt+del to login
  8. After you login lock your screen
  9. ctrl+alt+del to unlock
  10. Notice you go straight to the login prompt instead of that user selection screen
  • Indeed, but this does not scale. Aug 28, 2015 at 22:14

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