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Store/Manage Passwords via Credential Manager in Windows 7

Store passwords via credential manager Did you know that Windows provides a built-in tool to store and manage passwords for home networks and/or websites? Yep, you don’t need to remember all your passwords, you can securely store passwords on your computer. This is especially handy for logging into network computers.

The credential manager will not replace a professional password manager like Roboform (which is also way more secure), but it is very useful if you don’t want to enter the passwords for you network computers over and over again, which is VERY annoying.

1. Step Click on Start
2. StepEnter Credential Manager into the search field and hit enter. You can also access the Credential Manager via Control Panel > User Accounts and Family Safety > Credential Manager

If you have previously stored any passwords on your PC, Windows will list them here. For example if you stored your hotmail password you will find an entry under “Generic credentials”:

generic credentials Windows 7

Store Network Passwords

Click on Add a Windows credential
Add a windows credential

If you know your network address, enter it along with your user name and password and you will no longer be asked to enter it.

Store network passwords

Let’s say you have a computer in your network called “Random PC”, then you can simply enter this PC name and your username/password that you use to log into the network PC and Windows will store the passwords:

Auto Log into Home network

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Published: Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 Last Modified: August 31, 2010

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