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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