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Actually Lowell - I think your article from 2008 says it all:
"Create a Shortcut or Hotkey to Open Task Manager’s "All Users" View in Windows 7 or Vista"
Task Manager All-User Shortcut
In my case, I put the shortcut into a folder and pinned it to the taskbar - which works great for me because I access it a few times a week.
Technically you could probably make an AutoHotkey shortcut that remaps Ctrl+Alt+Del.
I knew this since I used XP, when I had my netbook as my primary (read:only) PC.
I always right-click on the start bar and then select 'Task Manager'. Means that you don't have to wait for the screen to pop up on slower computers. But, it is nice to know a new trick!
NanoGeek: It's crazy how few people know about this. Seems like forever since i've last used ctrl+alt+del.
I doubt it. Ctrl+Alt+Del is a Secure Attention Key sequence which the OS is specifically meant to prevent from being intercepted.
You can read more about it on the wiki link above, or on the IT Security StackExchange Blog.
You could use a registry hack to remap the Del key to something else, and then use AutoHotkey to send the Del key like normal, except when all three keys are pushed. I bet it would work.
I'd be interested to see this tried. If it is possible, it would really break the whole point of the SAK.
I mean, I remap the Alt and Win keys on my MacBook Air, and that works. So I'm already remapping one of the keys involved.
Remapping the individual keys is one thing. Many programs use Ctrl, Alt, and Del individually for their own purposes. It's the interception of the entire sequence, before the OS acts upon it, that's meant to be prevented. i.e.: You can probably set AHK to do something for each of the keys, but you'll not likely be able to do all of those tasks by pressing the keys simultaneously without having Windows pop-up the welcome screen first.
It actually works differently than that... it's a registry hack for the keyboard.
Whichever it is, the point remains that the OS kernel is programmed to recognize the combined sequence and prevent other applications from intercepting it. Allowing that to be subverted by a simple Registry hack would completely defeat the purpose of this security feature.
Umm, I think I see a basic difference in @geek and @Iszi here. The original C/A/Del sequence was supposed to help keep an Accidental keying of the sequence from happening by being an unlikely combination to be used and then was picked up by everyone else as a secure sequence and may have been worked into the kernel to prevent interception, I'm not knowledgeable enough to comment on that point. However, Like all things on a computer, the individual who owns it can do quite a bit with it that the manufacturer either can't, or, won't, ( for various reasons ) be able to block or prevent. One of the things they most likely would not be able to stop, is for someone to come up with someway to make a simple keystroke or click of the mouse, combine those signals and then pass it by the kernel, thus bypassing the original intention of the security feature. Not saying it should be done ( not by newbies anyway ), just that it could be done.
You could always use Ctrl, Alt, Esc instead - this will take you directly to the task manager processes tab.
I'm not sure this is accurate. It seems to just cycle through open windows for me (Win 7).
In Windows 7 use
CTRL + SHIFT + ESC
I'm on Windows 8 professional and when I try and get the task manager up it takes forever to load up. I've tried using CTRL + ALT + ESC but it doesn't work.
Anyway can I speed the loading time of Task manager?
That doesn't work on Windows 8.
Update: Sorry it works. thanks. Task Manager on Windows 8 takes too long to show up.