Yes, Bill Gates regrets Ctrl+Alt+Delete

Bill Gates knows Ctrl+Alt+Delete was wrong.
Bill Gates knows Ctrl+Alt+Delete was wrong.
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This post has been corrected.

At the Bloomberg Global Business Forum today, Carlyle Group co-founder and CEO David Rubenstein asked Microsoft founder Bill Gates to account for one of the most baffling questions of the digital era: Why does it take three fingers to lock or log in to a PC, and why did Gates ever think that was a good idea?

Grimacing slightly, Gates deflected responsibility for the ctrl+alt+delete key command, saying, “clearly, the people involved should have put another key on to make that work.” Rubenstein pressed him: Does he regret the decision?

“You can’t go back and change the small things in your life without putting the other things at risk,” Gates said.

But: “Sure. If I could make one small edit I would make that a single key operation.”

Correction: An earlier version of this post stated that ctrl+alt+delete turns on a PC. The command has several functions; starting the machine is not one of them.