Windows 10 has a secure startup system that can be activated by any user following specific steps. We teach you how to do it, and we explain what it is for.

Computer security is or should be a priority for all users. When accessing a computer that we own, the first screen that appears after turning it on is the access screen, where we are asked to enter our credentials to log in.

The login credentials are usually a password or a pin; this login process can appear secure. But the reality is that it is not perfect because once we access our account, if we have some kind of spyware or malware on our computer, all this will also access our account.

Windows created a way to avoid this problem. It is called “Secure Login,” it has a more than descriptive name. What it does is add a layer of physical security to the login. Activating it requires a series of concrete steps. Still, it is recommended that we have essential material in our team and do not want it to fall into the wrong hands.


Once inside this tab, we will be shown three options: passwords, advanced user administration, and the last one is secure login. The latter is where the setting that we have to activate is found; it is called “Require users to press Ctrl + Alt + Del,” and once marked, the secure login will have been started.


First, secure logon is activated using a command that you type in the Windows run menu. The command is “netplwiz,” without quotes so that the Windows menu appears; what you have to do is press Windows + R. Once this menu appears, copy or write netplwiz, and a new window will open.

The window that opens is called “User Accounts,” and shows both the users who are registered on that computer and the computers they administer. The first tab does not interest us too much. The second is the important one. This tab is called “Advanced Options,” It will be where we find what we need to activate the fast startup.

Having activated this security measure, now, every time the computer is turned on, it will be necessary to press the key combination Ctrl + Alt + Del to bring up the password menu to log in. This allows no program to access the login, as malicious programs cannot generate this key combination as it is physical.

It may be an extra step when logging into a computer. Still, at least it guarantees that no type of malware or spyware will get hold of the access credentials. Of course, it is not a panacea, and it is always advisable to have an antivirus installed on your computer.