By now probably all of you are aware of the release of Collin McRae : Dirt 2. I haven’t had much time to play it yet but from what I’ve seen so far it looks like a decent racing game (except for the fools who interrupt you every time in the in game menu). Anyways this is a short post aimed at fixing a common issue many seem to be having; How do you save your progress if you are not logged into an online Games For Windows Live (GFWL) account. Dirt 2 is a Windows Live game and it uses GFWL 3.1 to manage saves and other player settings. But what happens to folks who don’t have an online account?

Colin Mcrae Dirt 2 Cover

There can be several dozen reasons why one wouldn’t want to be logged into an online service while playing a game. FFS there still are some PCs that are not always connected to the internet. Anyways if you don’t have a Games For Windows Live account, you can still save your progress using a local profile (which does not require internet or logging into GFWL). In GFWL 3.1, creating an offline profile is slightly different than in previous versions. Follow the steps below if you need to create one:

  1. Launch the game. Open the Windows Live menu.
  2. If you are already logged onto a profile (local or online), sign out (Create profile button will only become visible when you aren’t logged into anything)
  3. Click on ‘Create new profile’ button.
  4. In the dialog box that pops up DO NOT hit continue. Hitting continue will take you to a registration page for an ONLINE profile – that’s not what we want.
  5. Once in the ‘Create Gamer Profile’ window, scroll down so that you can see the bottom paragraph.
  6. Look for the hyperlinked ‘created a local profile’ link in last paragraph. Clicking this will allow you to create a new offline profile.

You should now be able to save your progress in Dirt 2 without any issues. The game will log you into your offline profile automatically whenever the game is launched.


  1. Rodrigo // 12/04/2009 05:28:00 AM  

    I hate this GFWL shit! Annoying as hell.

    Thanks for info FILEn.

  2. WinFans // 12/04/2009 12:45:00 PM  

    Thank you, the info is useful.

  3. Alex // 12/04/2009 09:29:00 PM  

    Thanks so much!

  4. Unknown // 12/06/2009 12:32:00 AM  

    This doesn't work for me, but I have find the solution!

    Look this:


  5. Unknown // 12/06/2009 05:20:00 PM  

    Many guys have problem whit that freeze issue. After first race game freezes and only you can do is Ctrl+Alt+Del.
    -Please find a fix for that problem.

  6. Unknown // 12/07/2009 12:38:00 AM  

    hey for the guys who have the game freezes just download this fix ....

    it happend wz me 2 and this fix it

  7. Unknown // 12/12/2009 06:48:00 AM  

    anyone who has a freeze after first race or anywhere else..
    here is a fix..
    download this file
    put it in the \system\ folder of the game and replace the existing file..

    have fun

  8. Rashed // 1/23/2010 06:11:00 PM  

    Thanks ... really helpfull.

  9. Unknown // 1/23/2010 10:03:00 PM  

    I'am from brazil, so i have no good english but i need to say that works very good, this fix my problem !!!
    great job!!!!

  10. Unknown // 1/29/2010 01:42:00 PM  

    very very thankzzz.....its soooooo helpfull

  11. Unknown // 2/01/2010 07:08:00 PM  

    Thank you so much this really made my day . I had completelty given up on the game and i was about to buy an xbox or sth else just to play .Thanks again

  12. kLouD // 9/20/2010 02:55:00 PM  

    thanx alot dude..!! :)

  13. dimuthuwijerathne // 10/24/2010 01:26:00 PM  

    unbelievable it is work perfectly....
    windows live offline

  14. Unknown // 11/12/2012 11:18:00 PM  

    thats the best news ever and it works great!!! THANKS BIG TIME

  15. Unknown // 1/08/2013 04:33:00 AM  

    thanx a lot, ilike it more now, i was so close to remove it from pc. thanx again.

  16. Abrar // 2/17/2013 10:57:00 PM  

    can u share the link that dirt 2 video offline play >>>plzzz help i can not understand

  17. Abrar // 2/17/2013 10:58:00 PM  

    can u share the link that dirt 2 video offline play >>>plzzz help i can not understand

  18. Unknown // 4/22/2015 12:59:00 AM  

    i cant seem to find that hyperlink which says..."create local profile" or whatever... what do i do?!... :( PLEASE HELP

  19. klingon_fruitbat // 9/30/2015 10:51:00 PM