Windows 7 Lock Screen Annoyance and Fix

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I’m in the habit of locking my machine when I walk away from my desk. When I come back I just type in my password, hit enter and I’m back. But with the Windows 7 machine I’ve been using the last year or so I’ve had a recurring problem. The lock screen requires me to click an icon before the password field appears. A small action but annoying nonetheless. Even more annoying is that every time an update is pushed to my machine the fix I apply is wiped out and the problem comes back.

Every time this happens I find myself searching the web looking for the solution again. Not this time. I’m documenting it here.

  1. Open Regedit.
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon
  3. Change the dword setting “DisableCAD” to a 1. If “DisableCAD” doesn’t exist the create it and set it to 1.
  4. Reboot.

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