By Vivian / Last Updated January 21, 2022

Ctrl Alt End not working on Remote Desktop

“Hello everyone. I'm using Remote Desktop on my computer (Windows 10) 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?”

3 solutions for 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 almost drives the users crazy 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 “Enter”.

Run Box OSK

Step 2. Now you can click “Ctrl + Alt + End 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 will 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

▪ 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 Clean Boot.

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

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 Ctrl + Alt + End working for you again? We’ll appreciate it if the solutions above help you. But if it’s not, from my perspective, it will be more time-saving for you to choose a third-party 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 distinguish them. Apart from that, concentrating Ctrl + Alt + Del, Task Manager, CMD, This PC... on the option “Operation”, AnyViewer makes it easier to switch user, change the password by clicking on the option “Ctrl + Alt + Delete”.

More importantly, the fast speed of connection, flexible methods for attended access and unattended access respectively, and no restrictions for the same LAN make AnyViewer worth trying. And it's compatible with Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7 and Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012 R2.

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7
Secure Download

Method 1. Input security code

Step 1. Download and install AnyViewer on the two PCs, and then figure out the place of Settings and the device ID.

Temporary Code

Step 2. On the host PC, click on “Settings” > “Recipient” > “Set my security code”, and then type the security code, click on “OK” and then return to the main interface of AnyViewer.

Accept Remote Control

Step 3. On the client PC, enter the device ID in the partner ID box, and then click on “Connect


Step 4. Choose the second option “Input security code”, and then enter the security code, click on “OK”.

Security Code

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

Method 2. Send control request

Step 1. On the local PC, enter the device ID of the remote PC, and then click on “Connect”.


Step 2. Choose the first option "Send a control request to your partner".

Send a Control Request to Your Partner

Step 3. On the remote PC, a request window will pop up, click on the green with the hook icon. Now the connection is successful. Ctrl + Alt + Del is under the option “Operation”.

Request to Control Your Device


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.