Windows 7 Credential Manager

Windows 7 Credential Manager stores logon user names and passwords for network resources such as network shares, web sites and terminal services, and allows you to back up, restore and manage saved credentials. Credential Manager stores these details in the Windows vault. In addition you can back up the Windows vault on one computer and restore it to another computer. When you opt to save your credentials by checking the Remember my credentials checkbox in Windows Explorer, Remote Desktop Connection or in Internet Explorer, the Credential Manager kicks in and stores these entries in the Windows vault.

On the other hand, you can add some credentials to the Windows vault prior to actually accessing resources. To add credentials to the Windows vault, perform these steps:

  1. In the Start search text box type in Credential Manager and press enter or go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Credential Manager
  2. Click the Add a Windows Credential
  3. In the Add a Windows Credential dialog box, enter the details of the credential that you want to store in the vault.

To modify an existing password or to remove an existing credential, click the credential within Credential Manager and then click either the Edit or the Remove from vault item, respectively.

Finally, to back up the stored details, click the Backup up vault item and to restore the stored details onto another Windows 7 computer click the Restore vault item. The backup process involves pressing the Ctrl, Alt, and Del keys at the same time to enter the backup password to protect the credentials on the Secure Desktop.

Note that although Credential Manager can be used to back up some forms of digital certificates, it cannot be used to back up and restore the self-signed Encrypting File System (EFS) certificates that Windows 7 generates automatically when you encrypt a file.