How to use Credential Manager in Windows 10

How to use Credential Manager in Windows 10

On Windows 10, Credential Manager is the feature that stores credentials for websites (using Microsoft Edge), apps, and networks (like a mapped driver or shared folder) when you choose to save info. to login in the future.

Credential Manager is not new. It has been around for a long time and not only allows you to save login usernames and passwords, but also allows you to view, delete, add, backup and restore login information.

In this tutorial, you will learn the steps to use Credential Manager on Windows 10 to manage all your login information.

Edit existing credentials using Credential Manager

To update passwords or username stored on Windows 10, follow these steps:

1. Open Control Panel in Windows 10.

2. Click on User Accounts.

3. Click Credential Manager.

4 Click the Windows Credentials (or Web Credentials ) tab.

5. Select an account.

6. Click the Edit button .

Click the Edit button

7. Update username and password as needed.

8. Click the Save button .

Click the Save button

Once you complete the steps, the new login information will be updated, which means there are no more prompts to login if you initially saved the wrong username or password, or the login information has changed.

Delete login information with Credential Manager

To delete account credentials stored on Windows 10, follow these steps:

1. Open the Control Panel.

2. Click on User Accounts.

3. Click Credential Manager.

4. Click the Windows Credentials (or Web Credentials ) tab.

5. Select an account.

6. Click the Remove button .

Click the Remove button

7. Click the Yes button .

After you complete the steps, your account credentials will no longer be available on your device, meaning you’ll be asked to enter your username and password when signing in in the future.

Add new login information using Credential Manager

To add apps or network information on Windows 10, follow these steps:

1. Open the Control Panel.

2. Click on User Accounts.

3. Click Credential Manager.

4. Click the Windows Credentials tab .

5. Click the Add a Windows credentials option (or Add a certificate-based credentials ).

Click the Add a Windows credential option

6. Specify the Internet or network address that corresponds to the application resource or network.

7. Specify a username and password for authentication.

Specify a username and password for authentication

8. Click the OK button .

When you complete the steps, new account information is added to your device for automatic sign-in the next time you access shared apps or networks.

Backup login information with Credential Manager

To export and backup all logins for apps and networks, follow these steps:

1. Open the Control Panel.

2. Click on User Accounts.

3. Click Credential Manager.

4. Click the Windows Credentials tab .

5. Click the Back up Credentials option.

Click the Back up Credentials option

6. Click the Browse button to specify a destination for the backup.

Click the Browse button to specify a destination for the backup

7. Specify a name for the .crd backup file.

8. Click the Save button .

9. Click the Next button .

10. Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + Delete to continue.

11. Specify a password to protect Credential Manager file on Windows 10.

12. Click the Next button .

13. Click the Finish button .

After completing the steps, you will end up with a .crd file containing all the web and Windows 10 information that you can enter on another computer or into the same device after a “clean” install.

Restore login information with Credential Manager

To restore your credentials from a backup on Windows 10, follow these steps:

1. Open the Control Panel.

2. Click on User Accounts.

3. Click Credential Manager.

4. Click the Windows Credentials tab .

5. Click the Restore Credentials option .

Click the Restore Credentials option

6. Click the Browse button .

Click the Browse button

7. Select the .crd file with the backup information.

8. Click the Open button .

9. Click the Next button .

10. Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + Delete to continue.

11. Enter the password to unlock the Credential Manager backup.

12. Click the Next button .

13. Click the Finish button .

When you complete this step, all of your web, app, and network information will be restored to your device.

While this tutorial focuses on Windows 10, Credential Manager has been around for a long time, which means the steps are applicable on Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 as well.

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