Using Local Account to Log Into Domain Computer – Windows Instructions

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Article #: 13868


There is a specific process needed to use a local account to log into a computer attached to a domain (active directory) in Windows. If the process is not followed, the domain computer will likely reject the user name and password when entered.


  • The computer must be attached to a Windows domain.
  • You must have the login credentials for a local users account on that computer.


  1. At the login screen enter .\[local user account name]
  2. Enter the password for that user account.

Outside Sources and Helpful Links

The Dot Slash Login Shortcut (opens in new tab)

Additional Comments

Tested using Window 2022 Server.

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