[Quickly Fixed] Remote Desktop Ctrl Alt End not Working on Windows 11, 10

What if Ctrl Alt End not working on Remote Desktop in Windows 11, 10, 8? What can we do to fix it? This post provides 3 fixes to easily settle out.


By Ellie / Updated on March 29, 2023

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Ctrl Alt End not working on Remote Desktop

“Hello everyone. I'm using Remote Desktop on my Windows 10 PC and I want to switch users on the remote computer. I know that Ctrl+Alt+End should replace Ctrl+Alt+Del when in Remote Desktop, but it’s not working at all. Are there any solutions?”

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How to fix Ctrl + Alt + End not working on Remote Desktop

On the remote session, we usually use Ctrl + Alt + End to switch users, view Task Manager, change password, and so on. It must be annoying if the Ctrl + Alt + End is not working on Remote Desktop in Windows 11, 10, 8... Here we mainly introduce 3 solutions to help you fix the issue.

Solution 1. Check your keyboard

For most of the cases, Ctrl + Alt + End not working is because of the defective keyboard. So, you can try to use a new keyboard or use it in a new computer and then press Ctrl + Alt + End to check whether the issue is been fixed.

Solution 2. Use on-screen keyboard

After checking the keyboard and finding it's futile, you can resort to using the on-screen keyboard if Ctrl + Alt + End is still not working. 

Step 1. Press Win + R and then input “osk”, and then press the“Enter” key.

Run Box OSK

Step 2. Now you can press“Ctrl + Alt + End" simultaneously on the On-screen keyboard.

Show the On-screen Keyboard

Solution 3. Perform SFC scan and Clean Boot

SFC Scan can check for the corrupted file and then change the damaged version with the correct versions. And Clean Boot can determine which program is interfering with the running program. When you disable it on the host computer, the combination key may work again.

Step 1. Search "cmd" in the search box and then right-click it, choose “Run as Administrator”.

Run as Administrator

Step 2. Type the following command line in turn:

▪ Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
▪ Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
▪ Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
▪ sfc /scannow


Step 3. After the success of the commands running, try Ctrl + Alt + End again to check whether the issue persists.

☞ Note: If it’s not working still, try to use Clean Boot.

Step 1. Press Win+R and then type “msconfig”, hit the "Enter" key.

Open System Configuration

Step 2. Locate on the Services tab, uncheck the "Hide all Microsoft services" option. Click the "Disable all" button.

System Configuration Services

Step 3. Locate on the Startup tab, then click the “Open Task Manager”.

Open Task Manager

Step 4. Click all the items under the “Startup”, then click the "Disable" button.

Disable Startup in Task Manager

Step 5. Return to the System Configuration window, then click "OK". And finally, select "Restart".

Restart System Configuration

AnyViewer: Ctrl + Alt + Del with one click

Is your issue been fixed? If it is, that's fairly great. But if Ctrl + Alt + End not working on Remote Desktop, it will be more time-saving for you to choose a professional & secure remote access software, AnyViewer.

✎ In AnyViewer, the shortcut combination keys on remote session remain the original form “Ctrl + Alt + Del”, which won’t let you be confused to distinguishing them.
✎ Apart from that, by concentrating Ctrl + Alt + Del, Task Manager, CMD, This PC... on the option “Operation”, AnyViewer makes it easier to switch users, change the password by clicking on the option “Ctrl + Alt + Delete”.
✎ More importantly,  you can realize remote access without one click once you log into the same AnyViewer account, making work and life easier and more convenient. 
Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7
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Step 1. Download, install and launch AnyViewer on both computers.

Step 2. Go to Log in, and then click Sign up

Log in AnyViewer

Step 3. Fill in the signup information.

Sign Up for AnyViewer

Step 4. Then you can see you successfully logged in to AnyViewer. Your device will automatically be assigned to the account you've logged in.

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Step 5. Log in to the same AnyViewer account on the two devices, then you can achieve a direct connection by clicking One-click control.

Connect to My Devices

Step 5. Once the connection is completed, click on “Operation”, and then select “Ctrl + Alt + Del”, and then you can switch users, change passwords, and so on.

Ctrl + Alt + Del

Note: You can also upgrade your account to Professional or Enterprise edition to assign more devices and to connect to another computer in privacy mode.


How to fix Ctrl + Alt + End not working on Remote Desktop in Windows 11, 10, 8...? In this post, 3 solutions are illustrated to get you out of trouble. But if the issue persists, resorting to free remote access software, AnyViewer, can avoid troubles for you.