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Bill Gates Admits Control-Alt-Delete Is Silly

Bill Gates Admits Control-Alt-Delete Is Silly

Added: Monday, October 7th, 2013
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Microsoft’s founder has officially admitted that the puzzling Control-Alt-Delete key combination used to access the login screen was a mistake. In his speech at Harvard University, Bill Gates revealed that it was a mistake. This process was supposed to be performed with a single button.


Gates pointed out that this wasn’t entirely Microsoft’s fault. The matter was that the designer of the IBM keyboard refused to provide the software giant with a single button.

Control-Alt-Delete was from the very beginning designed as a combination used to reboot a computer, and in the early versions of the operating system it was a log-in screen. The IBM computer that Bill Gates helped develop was introduced three decades ago and he was at the mercy of suits at Big Blue.

This finally explains why the company used the somewhat difficult keyboard combination. In addition, this version of the story fleshes out what David Bradley, the engineer who invented the Control-Alt-Delete sequence said many years ago. Bradley claimed at the time that he came up with Control-Alt-Delete, but it was Gates who made it famous. The engineer had no idea why Bill used Control-Alt-Delete for the login screen, but now this hole in the story is finally cleared up.

At the moment, Windows XP and Windows 7 still use this combination, while Windows 8 uses it as a shortcut for locking the computer or accessing the task manager.

October 7th,2013

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Date:  Monday, October 7th, 2013

Comments (25) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2013-10-07 16:17:42)
No avatarIBM was right! A single key would have been a pain. I hate the damn windows key on modern keyboards, don't need it, don't want it and I hit it by mistake all to often.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendSuperman (2013-10-07 17:08:45)
trialNerror avatarHeh. And now we know. Thanks for the articles, SaM!
p/s: I too have accidentally hit that Windows key plenty o' times.

posted by Vip MemberTrusted UploaderET loverTurtle (2013-10-07 18:10:22)
MafiaSSS avatarThanks for the info....

posted by (2013-10-07 18:37:38)
No avatar"accessing the task manager" to shutdown crazy CRAP is the only reason I've ever used ctrl+alt+del

posted by Trusted UploaderTurtle (2013-10-07 18:53:04)
ponklay avatarAm I the only one who uses "ctrl+shift+esc" for accessing the task manager

posted by ET junkiemen (2013-10-07 19:32:27)
xxxskfxxx avatarwhen your p.c grinds to a halt,your so happy to hit ctrl+shift+delete.

posted by (2013-10-07 19:36:16)
No avatar@5 not anymore lol

posted by ET junkieET lovermen (2013-10-07 23:26:37)
wingit3 avatar@6. you are so right. That is the only time I have ever used it and it has never taken me to a login page, only the task manager..

posted by (2013-10-07 23:30:16)
madloo08 avatartask manager its a must when programs come unresponsive

posted by (2013-10-08 01:33:40)
mixahman avatarI have the Task Manager running minimized on startup. I needed running right next to the sound control & anti virus icons on the taskbar.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-10-08 03:18:35)
Embolism avatarone of the pitfalls of an integrated rather than modular operating system like Linux whereby you can click on a process kill button kill whichever application has gone awry and restart it without having your whole system lockup and have to reboot or keep doing the ctrl-alt-del until the process manager can be accessed.

posted by (2013-10-08 13:02:55)
No avatarThanks for

posted by Blocked (2013-10-08 16:43:51)
T3D1 avatarThat Was A Funny Mistake, Hahaha

posted by Admin (2013-10-09 13:07:43)
YoGi avatarDisbale windows key from keyboard and access the start menu --> CTRL + ESC ..
ever since i did that have never had the problem ( 7 years now lol)

posted by Admin (2013-10-09 13:10:08)
YoGi avatar1. Click Start, click Run, type regedt32, and then click OK.
2. On the Windows menu, click HKEY_LOCAL_ MACHINE on Local Machine.
3. Double-click the System\CurrentControlSet\Control folder, and then click the Keyboard Layout folder.
4. On the Edit menu, click Add Value, type in Scancode Map, click REG_BINARY as the Data Type, and then click OK.
5. Type 00000000000000000300000000005BE000005CE000000000 in the Data field, and then click OK.
6. Close Registry Editor and restart the computer.

SOURCE: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216893

posted by (2013-10-09 15:16:46)
No avatarponklay i still use it lol

posted by (2013-10-09 22:04:50)
grimrpr666 avatarbill always takes the cedit

posted by Vip MemberET loverSuperman (2013-10-10 04:08:51)
bubanee avatarDon't work? unplug from the wall, works everytime lol....

posted by (2013-10-10 18:22:33)
vintagejakker avatar@bunabee:
No it don't; I have unplugged my wife's chair from the mains many times... she still don't work:)

posted by Turtle (2013-10-13 11:20:07)
magengar avatar@ 5 and 7, count me third... I still use it now more than ever.
I can't get my desktop to show icons anymore (I'm using an old pir8ed version of XPsp3) so now I use Ctrl+Alt+Del to access EVERYTHING and run/shutdown programs.
In my opinion, "Ctrl+Alt+Del" was the Best mistake ever made by MS. lol

posted by Turtle (2013-10-13 12:14:57)
No avatarponklay me too
Sorry guys n gals, most of you are misreading/misunderstanding the article, it does not relate to using Ctrl+Alt+Delete within Windows, it is about the windows log in screen using Ctrl+Alt+Delete which is used in offices for security(LOL). You have to press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, every time, before you can type your user name and PW. Most people in offices that suffer with this problem are numptys anyway and shouldn't be left alone with a computer for longer than 5 mins.

posted by (2013-10-14 07:28:07)
tjunkie969 avatarWasn't "Ctrl+Alt+Del" just a rip off from the Commodore Amiga's "Ctrl + Amiga Key + Amiga Key".
This reset the Amiga for a warm boot-up.
As for the Windows key... I just removed it off my keyboard, Have not missed it!

posted by ET junkiemenTurtle (2013-10-15 23:44:02)
Hawklord avatarlol66 said it:

"IBM was right! A single key would have been a pain. I hate the damn windows key on modern keyboards, don't need it, don't want it and I hit it by mistake all to often."

posted by (2013-10-17 04:50:03)
No avatarAll of you whining about hitting the Windows key by mistake and refuse to learn to type--- buy a keyboard that allows you to toggle it inactive. Most if not all gaming keyboards have a toggle switch or a button to do this.

posted by (2013-10-21 16:35:51)
cobblersthumb avatarWho cares? It's been with us for an eternity now so if you haven't got to grips with it by now you shouldn't be using a computer but chalk and slate instead. And for those who keep hitting the Windows key by mistake, take some lessons in how to type or stop typing with your feet. I have Never hit it by mistake but use it for other tasks. PICNIC (Problem In Chair Not In Computer)

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