When I have to provision Windows 7 laptops, that aren’t joined to a domain, I get annoyed by looking at all of the different accounts that are typically created on the local machine (2 administrator accounts, 1 helpdesk account, and a standard user or two are typical for our deployments) so what I do is force the machine to make the user enter in a username and password, this makes for a much cleaner looking log on screen. I also enable the Control+Alt+Delete screen, as this is typical to what most business users are expecting to do when using a computer.
To enable these settings log onto your Windows 7 computer perform the following steps:
1) Click on START, then Control Panel, then Administrative Tools, finally open Local Security Policy
2) Expand Local Policies, Security Options, and then change the following:
- Interactive logon: Do not display last user name – Change to Enabled
- Interactive logon: Do not require CTRL + ALT + DEL – Change to Disabled
3) Close all windows, and log off, after you log off you should be forced to press CTRL + ALT + Del and then specify your username and password.