Manage user credentials in Windows XP with the Stored User Names and Passwords tool

You can view or change any of the user credentials in your Windows XP system by saving them to your user profile. Log on to your machine and have all your IDs at the ready! Greg Shultz gives us the identifying information.

When you log in to your Windows XP system and supply a username and a password, the operating system stores this information as your user credentials. When you connect to other computers in your workgroup or on the Internet that require a username and password, Windows XP will attempt to use your existing user credentials to make an authenticated connection.

However, if the username and password in the stored credentials aren't the same as the ones required by the computer that you're attempting to connect to, you'll see two items:

  • A logon dialog box that will prompt you to enter the appropriate username and password.
  • a dialog box with a check box titled Remember My Password.

    If you select the Remember My Password check box, the Stored User Names and Passwords tool will store these user credentials in your user profile. Then, when you connect to the same resource at a future date, Windows XP will be able to use these credentials to automatically authenticate your user account.

    If you wish to view or change any of the user credentials, you can do so by accessing the Stored User Names and Passwords tool. Here's how:

    1. Press [Windows]R to access the Run dialog box.
    2. Type rundll32.exe keymgr.dll, KRShowKeyMgr in the Open text box and click OK to access the Stored User Names And Passwords dialog box.
    3. To view or change a user credential, select it from the list, and click the Properties button to display the Logon Information Properties dialog box.
    4. To add a user credential, the click Add button, and fill in the appropriate fields in the Logon Information Properties dialog box.
    5. To delete a user credential, click Remove and then OK in the confirmation dialog box.
    6. Click Close to exit the Stored User Names And Passwords dialog box.

    Note: This tip applies to both Windows XP Professional and Home when used in standalone or in workgroup configurations.

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  • By Greg Shultz

    Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.