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How to Add Credentials to the Windows Credential Manager Vault


Storing login information in the Windows Credential Manager can save time when you access a file share on another machine frequently. Lets take a look at how we can add our own credentials to the vault.

Adding Login Information To The Credential Manager

Open the Start Menu and click on the Control Panel link.


When the Control Panel open click on the User Accounts and Family Safety link.


Then open the Credential Manager.


Once you are in the Credential Manager you will see that you have the option to add three different kinds of credentials, Windows, Certificate-Based or Generic. We will be adding a new Windows credential, so click on the link.


Then you can go ahead and enter the DNS Name for the machine on your network as well as the username and password you would like to connect with, then click the Ok button.


You will now see that you credential has been added to the vault.


Windows does cache your login credentials when connecting to another machine, however they are not persistent, this means that they wont survive a reboot, luckily the Credential Manager came to our rescue.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 03/15/12

Comments (1)

  1. Ryan

    I knew this had to exist somewhere in windows, thanks!

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