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Nothing happens at ctrl-alt-delete prompt

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mikelee101, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. mikelee101

    mikelee101 Flightless Bird

    I have a desktop running WinXP Pro. It was running terribly slow, so I
    rebooted. When I got to the ctrl-alt-delete prompt, I hit the keys and
    nothing happened. I powered off and back on again and same thing. I
    rebooted to Last Known Good Configuration, and still the same thing. Then I
    tried a different keyboard. Still nothing happens when you press
    ctrl-atl-delete. During the boot process, the lights on the keyboard (num
    lock, cap lock, etc) blink, so it appears that the keyboard and computer are
    communicating on some level, at least.
    Anyone have any thoughts on anything else I can try?

    Thanks for the help.
    --
    Mike Lee
    McKinney,TX USA
     
  2. ybS2okj

    ybS2okj Flightless Bird

    Why are you giving three-fingered salute to your computer (aka Ctrl-Alt-Del)
    and at what stage are you doing this?

    If you are trying at the welcome screen then you need to do it twice to get
    manual input of various usernames. However, if you are doing it when you
    have already logged in then clearly you have a very serious problem.

    Please advise us further before a drastic solution is given.

    hth

    "mikelee101" <mikelee101athotmaildotcom> wrote in message
    news:3A7F9E6B-7E0F-4549-AF24-55B2CE74292C@microsoft.com...
    >I have a desktop running WinXP Pro. It was running terribly slow, so I
    > rebooted. When I got to the ctrl-alt-delete prompt, I hit the keys and
    > nothing happened. I powered off and back on again and same thing. I
    > rebooted to Last Known Good Configuration, and still the same thing. Then
    > I
    > tried a different keyboard. Still nothing happens when you press
    > ctrl-atl-delete. During the boot process, the lights on the keyboard (num
    > lock, cap lock, etc) blink, so it appears that the keyboard and computer
    > are
    > communicating on some level, at least.
    > Anyone have any thoughts on anything else I can try?
    >
    > Thanks for the help.
    > --
    > Mike Lee
    > McKinney,TX USA
     
  3. mm

    mm Flightless Bird

    On Sat, 27 Feb 2010 01:48:20 -0000, "ybS2okj"
    <ybS2okj@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >Why are you giving three-fingered salute to your computer (aka Ctrl-Alt-Del)
    >and at what stage are you doing this?


    I have a friend with a win2000 computer that comes up with a small box
    that requires either login info or iirc if there is none,
    cntl-alt-delete to get to the next step.

    He was given the computer by someone who was given the computer at
    work, when they upgraded, so login was important or at least enabled.

    Does XP ever have anything like that?


    >
    >If you are trying at the welcome screen then you need to do it twice to get
    >manual input of various usernames. However, if you are doing it when you
    >have already logged in then clearly you have a very serious problem.
    >
    >Please advise us further before a drastic solution is given.
    >
    >hth
    >
    >"mikelee101" <mikelee101athotmaildotcom> wrote in message
    >news:3A7F9E6B-7E0F-4549-AF24-55B2CE74292C@microsoft.com...
    >>I have a desktop running WinXP Pro. It was running terribly slow, so I
    >> rebooted. When I got to the ctrl-alt-delete prompt, I hit the keys and
    >> nothing happened. I powered off and back on again and same thing. I
    >> rebooted to Last Known Good Configuration, and still the same thing. Then
    >> I
    >> tried a different keyboard. Still nothing happens when you press
    >> ctrl-atl-delete. During the boot process, the lights on the keyboard (num
    >> lock, cap lock, etc) blink, so it appears that the keyboard and computer
    >> are
    >> communicating on some level, at least.
    >> Anyone have any thoughts on anything else I can try?
    >>
    >> Thanks for the help.
    >> --
    >> Mike Lee
    >> McKinney,TX USA

    >
     
  4. Terry R.

    Terry R. Flightless Bird

    On 2/26/2010 5:37 PM On a whim, mikelee101 pounded out on the keyboard

    > I have a desktop running WinXP Pro. It was running terribly slow, so I
    > rebooted. When I got to the ctrl-alt-delete prompt, I hit the keys and
    > nothing happened. I powered off and back on again and same thing. I
    > rebooted to Last Known Good Configuration, and still the same thing. Then I
    > tried a different keyboard. Still nothing happens when you press
    > ctrl-atl-delete. During the boot process, the lights on the keyboard (num
    > lock, cap lock, etc) blink, so it appears that the keyboard and computer are
    > communicating on some level, at least.
    > Anyone have any thoughts on anything else I can try?
    >
    > Thanks for the help.


    Hi Mike,

    It may have been turned off:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308226

    Note you need Administrator rights to change this.

    Terry R.
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  5. John H Meyers

    John H Meyers Flightless Bird

    On 2/27/2010 10:34 AM:


    > On 2/26/2010 5:37 PM On a whim, mikelee101 pounded out on the keyboard
    >
    >> I have a desktop running WinXP Pro. It was running terribly slow, so I
    >> rebooted. When I got to the ctrl-alt-delete prompt, I hit the keys and
    >> nothing happened.


    > It may have been turned off:
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308226


    If this is turned off, would there still be a prompt
    telling the user to press those keys?

    Or is OP mistaken that there was such a prompt?

    What would have turned it off, without OP knowing?

    --
     
  6. Terry R.

    Terry R. Flightless Bird

    The date and time was Saturday, February 27, 2010 9:47:44 AM, and on a
    whim, John H Meyers pounded out on the keyboard:

    > On 2/27/2010 10:34 AM:
    >
    >
    >> On 2/26/2010 5:37 PM On a whim, mikelee101 pounded out on the keyboard
    >>
    >>> I have a desktop running WinXP Pro. It was running terribly slow, so I
    >>> rebooted. When I got to the ctrl-alt-delete prompt, I hit the keys and
    >>> nothing happened.

    >
    >> It may have been turned off:
    >> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308226

    >
    > If this is turned off, would there still be a prompt
    > telling the user to press those keys?
    >
    > Or is OP mistaken that there was such a prompt?
    >


    He'll have to clarify of course, but I took that as being just the
    sign-on screen.

    > What would have turned it off, without OP knowing?
    >


    If he doesn't reboot often (didn't sound like it), he may have done it
    long ago and forgot, or thought he was doing something else, like having
    it log in without entering a password.

    Not really sure either, just thinking of things that may have happened.

    Terry R.
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  7. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:hvugo5l7k9ram674mmg0dfmabr2k4tu641@4ax.com,
    mm <NOPSAMmm2005@bigfoot.com> typed:
    > On Sat, 27 Feb 2010 01:48:20 -0000, "ybS2okj"
    > <ybS2okj@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >
    >> Why are you giving three-fingered salute to your computer (aka
    >> Ctrl-Alt-Del) and at what stage are you doing this?

    >
    > I have a friend with a win2000 computer that comes up with a small box
    > that requires either login info or iirc if there is none,
    > cntl-alt-delete to get to the next step.
    >
    > He was given the computer by someone who was given the computer at
    > work, when they upgraded, so login was important or at least enabled.
    >
    > Does XP ever have anything like that?
    >
    >
    >>
    >> If you are trying at the welcome screen then you need to do it twice
    >> to get manual input of various usernames. However, if you are doing
    >> it when you have already logged in then clearly you have a very
    >> serious problem.
    >>
    >> Please advise us further before a drastic solution is given.
    >>
    >> hth
    >>
    >> "mikelee101" <mikelee101athotmaildotcom> wrote in message
    >> news:3A7F9E6B-7E0F-4549-AF24-55B2CE74292C@microsoft.com...
    >>> I have a desktop running WinXP Pro. It was running terribly slow,
    >>> so I rebooted. When I got to the ctrl-alt-delete prompt, I hit the
    >>> keys and nothing happened. I powered off and back on again and
    >>> same thing. I rebooted to Last Known Good Configuration, and still
    >>> the same thing. Then I
    >>> tried a different keyboard. Still nothing happens when you press
    >>> ctrl-atl-delete. During the boot process, the lights on the
    >>> keyboard (num lock, cap lock, etc) blink, so it appears that the
    >>> keyboard and computer are
    >>> communicating on some level, at least.
    >>> Anyone have any thoughts on anything else I can try?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks for the help.
    >>> --
    >>> Mike Lee
    >>> McKinney,TX USA


    The best thing to do with any new computer that has been used before is to
    do a "clean install" of the OS. It'll run faster and be a lot more problem
    free than trying to figure out and fix a previous user's settings and
    problems and malware infestations.

    It will also prove that you have been given the correct discs etc. to do
    clean installs and to install any other programs that were provided with it,
    for future recoveries when a drive crashes to uselessness, get too infested
    to repair, etc. etc. etc..
    Otherwise you're going to have to put up with previous users' bad habits,
    problems and likely malware if they were anywhere near newbie or even
    general user status. By rebuilding it you then only have your own problems
    to conetned with and better yet, you know exactly how you set things up.

    HTH,

    Twayne




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