How to Enable or Disable Secure Sign-In for Windows 10

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Windows is the most targeted operating system on the planet. This means that you need to strengthen your computer's defenses to stay safe, online and offline. This guide explains how to enable or disable Secure Sign-In for Windows 10.

Secure Sign-In is an additional component of the Windows 10 login screen. This prevents anyone from accessing your PC if it has your login information. Instead, Windows 10 removes the connection fields until you type a key chain. After that, enter your password or PIN as usual.

This feature aims to thwart malware. Malicious code could reside in the background and distort the Windows 10 login screen to capture your credentials. Because applications and programs typically do not have access to the Ctrl + At + Del command, you can bypass the dummy login screen using the secure connection enabled by entering this three-key command.

Enable or disable using the Netplwiz command

To get started, run the Run command by pressing the "Windows" and "R" (Windows + R) keys at the same time. A small pop-up window will appear. Type "netplwiz" (without quotation marks) into the text field, then click the "OK" button (or press the Enter key) to continue.

Type netplwiz in the Run command

You can also access the User Accounts panel by typing "netplwiz" into the search field on the taskbar and selecting the Resulting Execute command.

The User Accounts panel will appear on the screen. Click on the "Advanced" tab (it's not loaded by default). Look for the option "Ask users to press Ctrl + Alt + Del" listed under "Secure Login". Check to enable or deselect to disable.

Click on the "Apply" button and then on the "OK" button to finish.

User accounts define a secure connection

Enable or disable using the local security policy

Here is another method a little more used than to follow the instructions of the user account. Use this method if you want to use the scenic route while avoiding the Windows registry.

Launch the Run command by pressing the "Windows" and "R" (Windows + R) keys simultaneously. A small pop-up window appears. Type "secpol.msc" (without the quotation marks) in the text field, and then click the "OK" button (or press the Enter key) to continue.

Type secpol in the Run command

As before, you can also access the Local Security Policy panel by typing "secpol.msc" into the search field on the taskbar and selecting the obtained desktop application.

In the Local Policy window, expand "Local Policies" listed on the left and select the "Security Options" subfolder below. Then scroll down to the right and double-click on the entry "Interactive logon: do not require CTRL + ALT + DEL".

Local Security Policy Secure Login

The Input Properties panel appears on the screen with the "Local Security Settings" tab displayed by default. Click a radio button to enable or disable this feature. Finish by clicking on the "Apply" button and then on the "OK" button.

Interactive connection Secure connection

Enable or disable using the registry

If you want to take the path of hardcore, why not edit the register? Do not forget to walk lightly: any changes made may cause instability of the system. This option is for experienced people who like to immerse themselves in Windows.

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Launch the Run command by pressing the "Windows" and "R" (Windows + R) keys simultaneously. A small pop-up window will appear. Type "regedit" (without quotation marks) into the text field, then click the "OK" button (or press the Enter key) to continue.

Type Regedit in the Run command

You can also access the Registry Editor by typing "regedit" into the search box on the taskbar and selecting the resulting desktop application.

In the Registry Editor, expand the following folders in this order:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE> SOFTWARE> Microsoft> Windows NT> CurrentVersion

In the CurrentVersion folder, select the "Winlogon" entry to view its settings in the right pane. Double-click the "DisableCad" entry to change its values.

Registry Editor modify the Winlogon setting

In the "Change DWORD Value (32-bit)" dialog box, edit the value data with one of the following values:

Click the "OK" button to finish. Restart your PC to save the settings.

Registry Editor modify the Winlogon value

Note: If you do not see a "DisableCad" entry in the "Winlogon" settings, right-click "Winlogon", select "New" from the context menu, and then click "DWORD Value (32-bit)" in the following list. Name this new DWORD as "DisableCAD" (without the quotation marks) and change its value.

Registry Editor Create DWORD

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