Windows 8 comes with a great credential manager which can save your Windows and web usernames and passwords. In this article we will talk about how to use Credential manager effectively in Windows 8.
While using internet, we often visit several websites or social networks where we sign up for our accounts. You may also be the one who checks Facebook, twitter, Gmail, yahoo or Hotmail accounts every time you turn on your system. We certainly don’t like typing the same usernames and passwords every time so we store them for later use. Using the built-in browser credentials manager seems risky.
Microsoft Windows 8 comes with a Credential Manager that helps you manage your credentials in an easy way. Credential Manager stores your usernames, email addresses and passwords in a single place. These are the credentials which are used to log into different websites or accounts. These are saved in special folders on your PC.
Opening the Credential Manager
Follow the steps below to open the Credential manager:
- Go to Control Panel –> User Accounts and Family Safety.
- Select Credential Manager.
- It stores your credentials in the two categories: Windows and Web Credentials.
You can also use the command line to open the credential manager. Just go to Run and run the following command:
control /name Microsoft.CredentialManager
This will open the credential manager.
The credential manager is divided into two parts, Web Credentials and Windows Credentials. We will discuss both of them in detail separately.
Use Web Credentials to view and delete the log on information for websites, connected applications and networks. You will see a list of websites that you log on with the username displayed next to them. Click on the drop-down arrow and it will give you detailed information like the URL, username, email address, password and the browser that stored the info.
You may raise your eyebrow when you see the ‘Show’ next to password. Does that question your privacy and security? Can anyone see your password and use it against you? No! click on the ‘Show Password’ and it will ask you for the User Account password to make sure that you are not breaking into someone else’s credentials. However, you may delete any web credential without passing any verification check. Click on the Remove and credential is deleted.
Please note that these are the credentials saved in Internet Explorer. If you are using any other web browser, you’ll need to use a third-party password manager than Windows built-in credential manager.
Windows Credentials offers you some more options as compared to the Web Credential Manager. It has three types of credentials; Windows, certificate based and the generic credentials.
- Windows Credentials are usernames and passwords used to log on to Windows-based network shares, Websites that use Windows Integrated Authentication, and Remote Desktop/Terminal Server Connections.
- Certificate based authentication needs smart cards for activation. These certificates should be stored in the Certificate Manager.
- Generic Credentials does not depend on the currently logged on user information. They are mostly used by the third-party applications that manage authorizations independently.
Click on ‘Add a Windows Credential’ and you will be asked for the credential details. This means that you can add the usernames and passwords without visiting particular a website, connected app or server. You may also edit the existing credentials easily. Click on the drop down of that specific credential and see the details. Now, click ‘Edit’ and make changes as needed.
If all your credentials get deleted by mistake and you want them back, Credential Manager will bring them back to you. Backup and Restore Credentials are helpful options at this time, so don’t forget to specify a backup location.
Click on the Back up Credentials and browse the desired folder. At time of restoration, click on Restore Credentials and select the folder in which you kept the back up.
Sometimes, we overlook simple features offered by the vendors to ease our experience. You may have not thought of the credential manager before but, after reading this post, you will definitely open it once and configure according to your requirements. Which is your password manager of choice?