Can anybody tell me whats the difference between Ctrl+Shift+Esc and Ctrl+Alt+Del?
On my Windows XP machine, both open the Windows Task Manager. But i think there must be some difference between the two combinations?
On XP-Professional STRG+ALT+DEL opens a dialogue where you can choose between: Logoff, Run Taskmanager, Lock Workstation, Shut down and change password.
You also get the security dialogue using CTRL + ALT + DEL, I don't really see a difference, they both do the same thing.
Pretty much, yes. It's a carry-over from older versions of Windows where Ctrl+Alt+Delete ALWAYS brought up task manager. I guess it's supposed to be a "pause all and rescue from crash" key combo as opposed to a "launch task manager" key combo.
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On Vista the combination ctrl+shift+esc opens directly the task manager, the combination ctrl+alt+del opens a menu with the options:
- block computer
- change user
- open task manager
- end session
- change password
Well for me on XP, CtrlAltEsc opens my task manager. But CtrlAltDelete will open the user account page, even though my computer only has one account.
The same thing happens for my on Vista, so I don't know what's up with that?
It's mainly a matter of history: Control+Alt+Delete is the "historic" combo of keys used to reboot the machine. For greater safety, that behavior was modified starting in the Windows 95 era, and "consumer"-targetted versions of Windows have kept the Windows 95 way of doing things in order to make life easier on users. Control+Shift+Escape is the "better" way of getting the task manager.
ctrl+shift+esc opens the task manager. Vista changed ctrl+alt+delete to a more complicated ´emergency´ stop allowing you much more options.