Windows 10: CTRL + ALT + DEL menu not rendered at the top

Discus and support CTRL + ALT + DEL menu not rendered at the top in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; This is a terribly annoying problem. Whenever I play a game such as Garry's mod which is running on the old source engine and tends to freeze while... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by erik9631, Mar 24, 2016.

  1. erik9631 Win User

    CTRL + ALT + DEL menu not rendered at the top

    This is a terribly annoying problem. Whenever I play a game such as Garry's mod which is running on the old source engine and tends to freeze while joining servers, force quitting it with CTRL + ALT + DEL is completely impossible.

    The issue is that whenever I press CTRL + ALT + DEL, instead of getting the menu, I get a black screen with a working cursor. The problem I think, is that the game is rendered on top of the menu, making it IMPOSSIBLE to open the task manager or perform any other action.

    I noticed, that this behavior with some other games as well.

    I would greatly appreciate any support. I feel like I am back in Windows 95 times, where a single frozen application forced me to restart the entire computer.


    erik9631, Mar 24, 2016

  2. log out of windows 10

    Then answer is to click on your user name in the top of the Start menu and then you have the choice to log off. One can use that instead of CTRL-ALT-DEL.

    Steve Cochran, Mar 24, 2016
  3. ctrl-alt-del does not present the change password option.

    That article links to a KB article for Windows 7 that says to press CRTL+ALT+DEL, but the issue is when you press CTRL+ALT+DEL in Windows 10, the option to change a password is not there.
    Jason Warren, Mar 24, 2016
  4. Berton Win User

    CTRL + ALT + DEL menu not rendered at the top

    Your System Specs gives no information about the computer involved so guesses would be insufficient RAM/Random Access Memory, insufficient video memory or simply that the software involved isn't compatible with the computer.
    Berton, Mar 24, 2016
  5. hiphopper Win User
    Instead of Ctrl-Alt-Del have you just tried Ctrl-Escape to bring up the task manager?
    hiphopper, Mar 24, 2016
  6. TairikuOkami, Mar 24, 2016
  7. Evol Win User
    Ctrl-Escape on windows 10 doesnt bring up task manager. Ctrl-Shift-ESC does. <-- Googled it. As far as my suggestion cant you Alt-Tab to go to the desktop, ive always done that or Alt-f4 to close. but im not sure if it will work on your game you can give it a try
  8. erik9631 Win User

    CTRL + ALT + DEL menu not rendered at the top

    Okay first of all.

    It is DEFINITELY not a RAM problem. I have 16GB. The operating system is running in the background and is responding when I press CTRL + ALT + DEL, cause you can see the circle next to the cursor. The cursor responds as well..

    Second, some people suggested me to use CTRL + SHIFT + ESC, I have not tried, but I will. Also this is not my problem. My problem is that the CTRL ALT DEL menu among which you can chose to turn on the task manager gives me black screen. Alt tabbing does not work with ANY software that is frozen in fullscreen, but that is normal.

    On windows 7 this was not an issue. When nothing worked, ctrl alt del always worked.

    On windows 10, CTRL alt deleting does not work, with some full screen applications.
    erik9631, Apr 4, 2018

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