Log on to Windows or UAC using a local account without knowing or typing the computername

Posted March 4, 2011 by Ben in Windows 7

When Windows is joined to Active Directory, logging on or authenticating for User Account Control with a local account requires that the username be entered in a computername\ username format. This can be inconvenient, especially if the computername is long and difficult to remember and type. Here’s an easy solution.

When prompted for the user account, simply enter the format: .\<username>

The ‘dot plus backslash’ before your username will tell Windows or UAC that you are entering a local account.

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  • http://www.sokobanja.org Sokobanja

    Great tips. Very useful

  • Axxcxc

    This is going to make my life so much easier when PCs are off the domain and you need to login locally, very handy !

  • Ricardo Ruiz de Gamboa

    very useful!

  • Ricardo Ruiz de Gamboa

    very useful!