Windows 7 Classic Logon Prompt

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Do you wish a professional looking windows logon prompt, perhaps close to the one found in Windows XP?

Besides the cosmetic change this can greatly improve the system security given that not all the accounts that have been created on the computer are displayed., both the username and the password are required to log on. You can also configure windows to require CTRL+ALT+DEL everytime a user wants to log on this ensures that users are communicating by means of a trusted path when entering their passwords.

If you are ready to improve your security follow the guide:

1. Windows Key + R type secpol.msc then press Enter. This will open the Local Security Policy editor.
2. Navigate to Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options.

3. Double-Click on “Interactive logon: Do not display last username”, Enable the option and click Apply.
4. Double-click on “Interactive logon: Do not require CTRL + ALT + DEL”, Disable the option and click Apply




No system, no install media cd, now what?

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Recently my system got a problem and windows was not bootable.

I decided to reinstall the laptop however the installation media was in an uncertain location. My first move was to search in whatever place came into my mind. When i got resignated, i remembered that the product key was sticked in the laptop so there must be a official digital download link to get the media, right?

The direct links for windows 7 Professional (the version that i was looking for) were found in another blog (,  unfortunately the ISO images were only available in en-US and the key was for the pt-pt version.

Windows 7 ISO Direct Download Links
*32-bit Windows 7 Ultimate x86 ISO*
*64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ISO*
*32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium x86 ISO*
Digital River:
*64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium x64 ISO*
Digital River:
*32-bit Windows 7 Professional x86 ISO*
Digital River:
*64-bit Windows 7 Professional x64 ISO*
Digital River:

Nevertheless i decided to proceed with the ISO installation, the key wasn’t valid as expected. To recapitulate, we got a working system in trial period.
For the key to be accepted we needed to install the Portuguese (Portugal) MUI language pack and make it active.

Individual languages come in the form of an executable and can be downloaded from the official windows update site (, once extracted we get an file (that’s exactly what we are looking for). Alternatively we can get an ISO from MSDN that comes with all the available languages “Microsoft Windows 7 Language Pack (English)”.

To install the pt-pt language follow the steps:

1. Open a command line with Administrator Rights
2. Write DISM /Online /Add-Package /PackagePath:d:\

Where d:\ is the path for the desired language

3. Install the language pack, write bcdedit /set {current} locale pt-pt

4. Two steps left… bcdboot %WinDir% /l pt-pt, press Enter
5. Open the Registry Editor (Windows+R) type “regedit” and click OK.
Find the registry branch HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\MUI\UILanguages
Remove the language that is no longer needed (en-US).