Usernames and passwords

How to use Credential Manager on Windows 10

Did you save the wrong sign-in info for a network drive? Do you need to transfer your web and Windows 10 credentials to a new installation? Then you need to use Credential Manager, and here's how.

Credential Manager on Windows 10

On Windows 10, Credential Manager is the feature that stores your sign-in information for websites (using Microsoft Edge), apps, and networks (such as, mapped drivers or shared folders) when you check the option to save your credentials for future logins.

Credential Manager isn’t new, it’s been around for a long time, and it’s not only allows you save your usernames and passwords, but it also allows you to view, delete, add, backup and restore logon credentials.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to use the Credential Manager on Windows 10 to manages all your logon information.

How to edit existing sign-in information using Credential Manager

Use these steps to update a password or username already stored on Windows 10:

  1. Open Control Panel.

  2. Click on User Accounts.

  3. Click on Credential Manager.

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

  5. Select the account.

  6. Click the Edit button.

    Windows Credentials
    Windows Credentials
  7. Update the username and password as necessary.

  8. Click the Save button.

    Edit Window Credential
    Edit Window Credential

Once you complete the steps, the information will be updated with the new credentials, which means no more login prompts if you originally saved the wrong username or password or the sign-in information has changed.

How to delete sign-in information using Credential Manager

Use these steps to delete an account credential already stored on Windows 10:

  1. Open Control Panel.

  2. Click on User Accounts.

  3. Click on Credential Manager.

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

  5. Select the account.

  6. Click the Remove button.

    Delete Windows Credential
    Delete Windows Credential
  7. Click the Yes button.

After you complete the steps, the account credentials will no longer be available on the device, means that future logins will require you to enter a username and password.

How to add new sign-in information using Credential Manager

Use these steps to add an app or network credential on Windows 10:

  1. Open Control Panel.

  2. Click on User Accounts.

  3. Click on Credential Manager.

  4. Click the Windows Credentials tab.

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

    Add Windows Credential option
    Add Windows Credential option
  6. Specify the internet or network address that corresponds to the app or network resource.

  7. Specify the username and password to authenticate.

    Add network credential on Windows 10
    Add network credential on Windows 10
  8. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, the new account information will be added to your device to sign-in automatically the next time you access the apps or network shared.

How to backup sign-in information using Credential Manager

Use these steps to export and backup all your credentials for apps and networks:

  1. Open Control Panel.

  2. Click on User Accounts.

  3. Click on Credential Manager.

  4. Click the Windows Credentials tab.

  5. Click the Back up Credentials option.

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

    Backup location for .crd Windows Credentials file
    Backup location for .crd Windows Credentials file
  7. Specify a name for the .crd backup file.

  8. Click the Save button.

  9. Click the Next button.

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

  11. Specify a password to protect the Credential Manager file.

  12. Click the Next button.

  13. Click the Finish button.

After you complete the steps, you’ll end up with a .crd file containing all your Windows 10 and web credentials that you can import to another computer or to the same device after a clean installation.

How to restore sign-in information using Credential Manager

Use these steps to restore your sign-in information from backup on Windows 10:

  1. Open Control Panel.

  2. Click on User Accounts.

  3. Click on Credential Manager.

  4. Click the Windows Credentials tab.

  5. Click the Restore Credentials option.

    Restore Windows 10 credentials option
    Restore Windows 10 credentials option
  6. Click the Browse button.

    Restore .crd Windows Credentials file location
    Restore .crd Windows Credentials file location
  7. Select the .crd files with the backup information.

  8. Click the Open button.

  9. Click the Next button.

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

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

  12. Click the Next button.

  13. Click the Finish button.

Once you complete the step, all your web, app, and network credentials will be restored on your device.

While this guide focuses on Windows 10, Credential Manager has been available for a long time, which means that the steps will also work on Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.