Removing Saved Credentials (passwords) from Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7


Removing Saved Credentials (passwords) from Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7

by Jay Valente

Have you ever tried accessing a network device or resource only to find that last time you accessed that resource, you used a username and password that no longer works, or does not have the proper access.

This usually happens when you use credentials other than yours to access a resource on your network, or to access a resource on someone else’s network, and you check the “Remember my password” check box.

Ok, so you want to remove that password, but how. Simple, just follow these simple instructions to see all the passwords you’ve cached on your machine:

To removed cached credentials

1. Click Start and select Run
2. In the Open field type “rundll32.exe keymgr.dll, KRShowKeyMgr”
3. Once the Stored Usernames and Passwords interface opens you can select any of the entries and select Properties to view the existing information
4. To remove a saved password you can select one of the entries and select Remove. A confirmation screen will appear. Click on OK and the account will be removed
5. You can add additional saved passwords as well by clicking on the Add button and entering the appropriate information
6. Repeat the steps above as needed to add, remove or edit saved passwords
7. When you are done using the interface click the Close button

That’s all there is to it. This is a great way to see if, while working on a machine, you’ve accidentally saved your credentials, as any username/password combinations in this list will survive a reboot, and still be available.

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