Understand what Microsoft's Credential Manager does and how to access it from Control Panel. Explore existing web credentials and Windows credentials. Remove a credential or show a password. Backup Windows credentials and restore them if necessary. Add credentials manually: Windows, certificate-based, generic.
- [Instructor] Have you ever wondered how Windows manages your usernames and passwords? Well, it saves them using a feature called Credential Manager. Credential Manager is available in Control Panel, and when Icon View is enabled, it has its own entry. There are two kinds of credentials. Web Credentials and Windows Credentials. Here, Web Credentials is selected. These are associated with login information for websites for the most part. If you expand any entry under Web Credentials, you can see the web address, username, and the browser that was used when the password was saved.
It also offers the password, and you can click Show to see it. I won't do that. You'll have to click Show to see it. You'll have to input the required credentials to see it, though, which is likely the information associated with your computer account. I'll click Cancel. This is certainly handy should you ever forget a password. No more resetting via a webpage for sure. You can remove a credential by clicking Remove. Windows will forget it, and if you return to the site, you'll be prompted to type in the information again.
Windows Credentials are associated with computers you connect to on your local network, and applications like Microsoft Office. This is where you can find certificate-based credentials, too, although you might not have any of those. A certificate-based credential is issued by a certificate authority, and is often created when the user incorporates a smart card to protect their computer. As with Web Credentials, you can select anything here to remove it. You can also edit it, although the credential won't be shown, like Web Credentials can.
It looks familiar. Additionally, sometimes you can see the username and sometimes you can't. It simply depends on what credential you're viewing. It would take some time to recover if you lost your credentials, perhaps due to a computer failure. And for that reason, you can opt to back them up. The option to backup and restore credentials is available in Credential Manager. Click Back up Credentials to get started. Now, click Browse to locate the location to save your credentials to.
I'll scroll down to a USB drive I've named Recovery, and I'll name my file credentials and I'll click Save. Now, I'll click Next. Notice it says I'll need to press control, alt, delete, to continue your backup on the Secure Desktop. I'll do that, and click Next. And finished. There's one other nifty little shortcut to Credentials. I'll open an elevated command prompt to show you. The prompt is rundll32.exe space keymgr.dll comma KRShowKeyMgr.
Watch what happens when I press Enter. This lets me show another option for backing up and restoring usernames and passwords. If you need to restore, come here, click the Restore button, and locate the restoration file. I'll click Close, and I'll close this command prompt window. So that's a look at Credential Manager. There isn't much to it, but it can be so very helpful when you need to retrieve a password. If you haven't done so already, backup your credentials before closing Credential Manager.
Note: The course also maps to the third part of MCSA exam 70-698, Installing and Configuring Windows 10. Taking this course will prepare you for objectives in the Manage and Maintain Windows domain of the test.
- Configuring Windows Update
- Updating Windows apps
- Reviewing event logs
- Using Resource Monitor and Performance Monitor
- Managing security with Windows Defender
- Creating a recovery drive
- Restoring and recovering files
- Recovering the OS with Windows Recovery
- Configuring authorization and authentication
- Securing Windows 10 with passwords
- Joining workgroups and domains
- Creating and using accounts
- Automating tasks with PowerShell