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Step-By-Step: Maintain your passwords with Credential Manager

Keeping track of passwords can drive you crazy sometimes. Windows XP includes Credential Manager, which you can use to keep passwords straight.

If you’re like most users, you have several usernames and passwords. You may have one for your corporate network, one for your home network, another for Microsoft Passport, another for a third-party Web site, and so on.

Keeping your many usernames and passwords straight is difficult, especially if you regularly change any of them. Many users write their passwords down on a piece of paper; however, this is unsafe. If you have a hard time remembering all of your passwords, you can get help from Credential Manager, a new feature in Windows XP. Credential Manager is a central store for all of your usernames, passwords, and X.509 certificates.

How it works
When you're accessing a resource for the first time, it may prompt you for a new username and password. Windows XP can safely store this information. The next time you connect to the resource, Windows XP will automatically retrieve the username and password. Windows XP calls this functionality Stored User Names And Passwords and provides a simple user interface in Control Panel, called Credential Manager, that allows you to add or remove usernames and passwords. To use Credential Manager:
  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Open User Accounts.
  3. Click Manage My Network Passwords on the Related Tasks panel (on the left side of the window). You'll get a dialog box listing all of your stored usernames and passwords.
  4. Add another username and password, or remove the existing ones or change their properties.

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