How to use Credential Manager on Windows

Shaant Minhas

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The Credential Manager is a Windows tool that lets you store your username and passwords related to your Windows apps for future use. The stored information includes information related to your websites and apps as well.

First introduce with Windows 7, it has been around since then and has become an essential of the Windows operating system experience. If you’re a regular, long-term Windows user but aren’t using the Credential Manager, then this article is for you.

In what follows we’ll dive into all you need to know to set up and get the most out of Credential Manager on your Windows PC. So let’s get started.

How to use Credential Manager on Windows

First off, let’s open the Credential Manager. To get started, head to the Start menu search bar, type in ‘credential manager,’ and select the best match.

Now, to check or edit the credentials you’ve already saved before, click on Windows Credentials. From there, click on Edit. Now simply update the username and password and click on Save.

If you don’t have to any credentials saved on your PC, however, then you’ll something like we what we have here.

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Add on new user credentials

Editing your previous old information is fine. But what if you want to put in new user credentials using the Credential Manager? Here’s how you can do that…

In your Credential Manager, under the Windows Credential tab once again, click on Add a Windows credential link.

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Enter the network address and the relevant user credentials (i.e. usernames and passwords), and hit OK.

Get backed up credentials

Another peculiar way to get new credentials is through adding your previously backed-up credentials. Here’s how.

On the Windows Credentials tab, click on the Restore Credentials link. Click on Browse… and head to the location where you’ve backed up your credentials—it usually a .crd file.

Click on the backup file, and then click on Next.

restoring credentials

Press the Ctrl + Alt + Delete to keep on the restoration process, type in the password and click on Next. Finally, click on Finish to complete your restoration process.

Learning how to use Credential Manager on Windows

Typing in your usernames and passwords again and again isn’t exactly helpful. By using Credential Manager, you not only skip this unvarying step, but also have a place to store everything at a single, central place.