Windows 8 offline login
Hi i have win8 enterprise and cant log in to my computer because its not connected to a network. Network is WIFI and its working. I get this error when trying to log in. Your pc is offline pls sign in with the last password used on this pc.  I do and it doesnt log me in  
November 17th, 2012 11:25pm


I guess you were trying to log in by using Microsoft account. Please understand that Microsoft account requires Internet connection to verify your account. You can use the local account to log in when the Internet disconnected.

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November 19th, 2012 9:27am

What do you mean by "local account" in this regard? If I take my laptop offline and I try to sign into my Windows user account (which is my Microsoft account) it will fail?

  • Proposed as answer by deekay56 Monday, April 07, 2014 7:43 PM
November 19th, 2012 2:18pm

Hi, Check whether you are connected to internet through your WiFi. Logging in to Windows 8 using a Microsoft Account requires an internet connection, at least for the first time log in. After that, you don't need internet to log in through your Microsoft Account and yes, you can use your PC offline! :) Hope this helps!
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November 28th, 2012 10:24am

Oh phew, so an Internet connection is only required for the first time. That makes sense. :)
November 29th, 2012 8:14pm

I am having the same issue.  I only have the option to log in with a Microsoft Account and I keep getting the error "Your pc is offline pls sign in with the last password used on this pc.". 

I don't see any options for logging in other than through this Account and that doesn't work.  If there is another option to login, can you please provide some specific guidance on how to do this?  Thanks...

I would also at this point take a reboot and start over...


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January 20th, 2013 7:19pm

Today is the first time I got the message. I used the same password and nada. I had to turn on my phones hotspot. Ive been offline before and it has worked but not today.
June 26th, 2013 6:30pm

This is the most asinine thing I have ever heard of. Whoever designed this part of Windows 8 should be fired. The Microsoft Account should work exactly like a domain account, allowing users to login locally after it has authenticated with the domain on the initial login. You're a bunch of morons if you think that people are going to have access to, or necessarily want to be connected to the Internet at all times. No one should have to have two logins to the same computer. If this does not change, you'll push people to your competitors. At least Apple doesn't have this issue, and I know the Google Chromebook doesn't suffer from such **** poor software design. Put the engineers back in charge of Microsoft you morons!
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July 8th, 2013 10:00pm

I totally agree, laptop  => to school => train => And microsoft decides that i can't use my laptop....
I hate those Microsoft accounts. And why do they need my personal data, i payed enhoug money
August 29th, 2013 6:42pm

hehe what an absurd. Can't use windows 8 without internet. Great job microsoft :)

can't even login to skydrive only, i have to switch to microsoft account permanent. blee

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October 16th, 2013 8:34pm

not at least, you have to be connected all the time
October 16th, 2013 8:36pm

Password computer asks for from your Microsoft's Hotmail account (Outlook), offline says for not connected to internet also, I could not log in for need of password (not knowing Outlook password accepted on setting not only Outlook email  account at last login for computer's but user account also), just login using Outlook email account's password, if not accepted for no network  connection, just login as administrator -> connect to internet -> ctrl+alt+del -> switch user -> select your username -> enter Outlook email account password.

Best of luck

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December 31st, 2013 2:24pm

I also totally agree. Mocrosoft (MS) could not have made this more cumbersome. Too bad MS uses the public to test their software instead of testing internally. I'm returning my Windows 8 machine today. I'm too busy to keep encountering problems with a crappy log in and interface.
January 18th, 2014 2:33pm

This is a non answer. Please remove it. It does not address or answer the question about logging in. The correct anser involves guiding Windows 8 users how to connect to the internet when they get the log in issue.
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January 18th, 2014 2:35pm

to open a local account (that is not your microsoft account) goto Setting - change PC settings - accounts - other accounts - add an account. Then choose local account and put in your chosen username (make one up) and add a new password and finish. now you have a local and a Microsoft account. the local account does not sync across all your devices linked to your microsoft account. This is the reason MS encourages using MS account so that you have the full functionality intended with Windows 8 working across wifi networks and cloud systems.

PC settings is found by a top right corner click or seep and the charms appear along the riught edge revealing settings but I also advise downloading Startisback software to reinstate the old windows 7 / XP type start feature that makes it so much easier to find everything. Hope that helps I just worked it all out myself a few minutes ago.

April 7th, 2014 7:55pm

Leave it to  Microsoft to be so stupid as to not allow you to log into your own computer and not warn you about this when setting up the computer.  The stupidity of this company never ceases to amaze me.  If nothing else why can't they cache the last password.  

what is the last password they are looking for anyway, because I only have one password and how it doesn't have it cached is beyond me!!!

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May 28th, 2014 2:25am

if the only account is the microsoft network account there is no administrator account on the computer.  they don't tell you need this... and if there is only 1 account by default (stupid microsoft morons) that should be and is the administrator password so they shouldn't be able to be logged out!
May 28th, 2014 2:27am

No, my laptop tells me I can't log in any time offline.
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June 6th, 2014 2:33pm



August 16th, 2014 3:17pm

Yes, you buy a new computer to go on the internet; and you need internet to unlock it. If no smartphone and WiFi near -> fked. One more +++ for microsoft advertisers.... FUCK you boys, first tiem the "shop" is more important than the customer. OS is supposed to serve me not a shop. Thank you apple boys for introducing this concept to the world.

And all the metro shit if you dont know shortcuts ... there is no way to get out of it ... and since they went "user friendly", how very unfriendly of them to make it so stupid.
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September 1st, 2014 5:12pm

I am having the same issue.. Even when I change my Microsoft password, it is STILL NOT LETTING ME IN.. Yes very frustrated.. Even gone to the extent of plugging in a LAN line. It changed notification from being offline, to check password. Changed it, but still nothing.. Need help please.
September 11th, 2014 1:02am


The password command and Wi-Fi were both selected and I have signed in at home and in public a few times. Today the message was, "Your PC is offline. Please sign in with the last password used on this PC."--I had to go home to sign in.

How can the PC be used offline if the security feature is to sign into your Windows account, which you are saying requires internet connectivity?  

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October 23rd, 2014 12:32am

A.I.R. Tech...

This sounds good, but will not work--at least in my situation--as the sign in to Microsoft account is a security command. I knew my password and it still would not allow me to sign-in in public, but when I came home I was able to sign-in. It has something to do with the recognition of Wi-Fi, but I have yet to figure out the details. 

October 23rd, 2014 12:44am

Last password used online, it doesn't work for me either. Sooo, if I update my NIC drivers and the new drivers don't work (which means that after rebooting the pc I'll have a disabled network) I won't be able to sign in to my computer again, thus I'll not be able to fix my network connectivity problems, thus I have to format my computer and forget my account and my files?
And the only alternative is to create 2 accounts on my own computer, one for offline use and one for online use, two accounts that can't be connected with each other? I don't see and "create offline password for a Microsoft account user" under PC Settings>Accounts. But there is a PIN password, will that work offline for my MS account?
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October 23rd, 2014 3:08pm

My wife just called from an airport and can't log in to her laptop - it sounds like the same issue as outlined here. No password works... Can't use free airport wifi since can't log in to accept the wifi agreement. I switched her to microsoft account from local account a few weeks ago to get her onedrive access - she is pissed... 

I can't believe this is really how it works!

October 28th, 2014 8:48pm


My daughter recently experienced this issue and I think I understand what is going on but it would be good if someone could confirm or clarify.

Here are my assertions:

1.  You are using a microsoft account as security on your device.

2. If you have working internet connectivity win 8 will try to authenticate via the network connection

3. If you have no internet connectivity, win 8 will try to authenticate using what it understood to be the password last time you successfully logged in.

The problem seems to occur when you are in the limbo that happens at coffee shops and airports where your machine connects to a network but there is a splash screen you need to respond to before you get actual access to the internet.  Usually these are places you have been to before as your machine has been asked to connect to them previously.

So in this Limbo win 8 thinks it has internet connectivity so tries to validate the password, but in turn fails because the internet connection exists but will not route to the wider world until splash screen/auth screen/ watch add screen has been handled, but of course you can't do that because you can't open your machine due to the password not being accepted.

To get out of this situation you actually need to make sure you are completely disconnected from the internet.  Turn off the wifi on your laptop or unplug cables etc  then hopefully it should work.

Or at least that it seems worked for my daughter after some trouble shooting over the phone.

good luck and let me know if it seems to be the case for others.


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November 17th, 2014 2:33am

This is actually the clearest response I've seen.  Was having the same problem on my daughter's Acer laptop so put it in airplane mode (turned off wifi with the blue "fn" key and F3).  That allowed us to get past the login screen so I can update wifi access.  We'd changed our home's wifi password and apparently Win8 isn't prepared to deal with issues like that.
December 13th, 2014 6:59pm

Yesss, Thank You, your solution is the clearest to follow.  I put my ASUS 2in1 into airplane mode and was able to login with the current MicroSoft account username and password.  Then I was able to fix the network issue and life is All GOOD again!
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December 30th, 2014 7:49pm

I am having the same issue and I have tried every single suggestion and nothing works. When it says use last password, that means the password you used to sign in on the login screen right? I am not and I have used every password I know and spammed it and put it on airplane mode and everything nothing works! I am about to go crazy.
January 8th, 2015 12:00am

I knew my laptop password but I was on a new wireless network and did NOT know the WiFi password. I kept getting the same "PC Offline" message and here is what I did after reading several posts.

Used a desktop computer and I reset my password using the "text code to phone option" by navigating to:

Followed the instructions to create a new password.

Turned off the WiFi on my laptop. 

Connected my laptop to the new network using an ethernet cable running from the wireless router (the network was password protected however, I did not know the password nor could I make it to any screen to enter it)

Waited a few minutes...entered the newly created password on the logon screen on my laptop.

TADA!!!Hope this helps.

Toshiba Satellite: Windows 8.1

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February 3rd, 2015 1:50am

Absolutely agree! It just seems that with each iteration of Windows, the people who run Microsoft become more and more clueless. This is simply the stupidest thing I've EVER heard of. It's a PERSONAL COMPUTER, not an EXTENSION OF MICROSOFT.
March 29th, 2015 2:04am

You can't expect anyone to post answers if there is none. The problem is with Microsoft's idiotic design decisions, not user error or technique.
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March 29th, 2015 2:11am

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