When you try to log in to your Microsoft account, you may sometimes get a strange error that blocks the login process. For example, the login servers may fail to respond to your connection request promptly. Or they may refuse to validate your request due to repeated failed authentication attempts.
When this issue occurs, you usually get the following error: “The Microsoft login server has detected too many repeated authentication attempts. Please wait a moment and try again“. If you have already waited for 30 minutes, but the error persists, follow the troubleshooting steps below.
Microsoft Has Detected Too Many Repeated Authentication Attempts
If you’re getting this error when trying to sign in to Outlook, OneNote, or other Microsoft apps, open OneDrive first. Enter your login details if you’re not already logged in. Then, go to Documents, and open one of your files. Exit OneDrive and check if the issue persists.
Sign in Using a Browser
If this error pops up when trying to log in to a desktop app, check if you can sign in using a web browser. Most of the time, web apps aren’t affected by the same issues plaguing desktop apps.
If the problem persists on your browser as well, try clearing the cache. Additionally, disable all of your extensions, and check for browser updates. Check if you notice any improvements in Incognito Mode. If you still can’t sign in, go to Settings and reset your browser.
If the error persists, uninstall and reinstall your browser and check if this method works.
Reset Your Connection
Flush your DNS and restart your router to fix any network-related issues that might be preventing you from logging in to your MS account.
- Launch Command Prompt with admin rights.
- Then enter the following commands one by one, and press Enter after each one:
netsh winsock reset
- Restart your computer.
If the problem persists, unplug your router and leave it unplugged for two minutes to reset your connection to Microsoft’s servers. Then plug your router back into the wall outlet, and check if you can log in to your Microsoft account.
If nothing works, reset your Microsoft account password and contact support.
If you can’t log in to your Microsoft account due to too many failed authentication attempts, check if you can sign in using a web browser. Additionally, clear your cache and cookies, disable your extensions, and reset your browser. If the issue persists, flush your DNS and restart your router.
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