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Manage Windows Passwords Using Windows Vault [How-To]

Groovy Windows 7 Tips, Tricks, Solutions, Answers, Tutorials, How-To, and CommunityIf you use a lot of different Microsoft services, it can get confusing sometimes remembering all your credentials (passwords and usernames) for each one.  Sure, you could just use one universal username and password for everything, but that poses an obvious security risk.  That’s where Windows 7 comes in with it’s Windows Vault that will help manage your credentials for you, and it can even create backups.

The bad news is that Windows vault will only work with applications which are designed to communicate with and pull the information from the vault.  This really makes the usefulness of the vault fall down a few steps, but we can still use it in other ways and I’ll show an example below.

Some of the applications that Windows Vault does work with are:

  • Windows Live products (Hotmail, SkyDrive etc…)
  • Microsoft Office Products (Like Outlook Web Access for Exchange Server)
  • Windows Explorer Drive Mapping
    • Windows 7
    • Windows Server

 

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How To Use Windows 7 Credential Manager To Organize and Remember Passwords

1. Click the Start Menu Orb and Type in windows vault, then Press Enter.

access windows vault from the start menu search in windows 7

2. Once Windows Credential Manager loads up, you’ll need to select which type of password you want to save.

  • Windows Credentials
      • These are used to log into Windows based systems on the network
  • Certificated Based Credentials
      • Complicated and used for advanced system configurations
  • General Credentials
      • This covers nearly all passwords for programs, websites, and services compatible with Windows vault.

In this example we’ll use Windows Credentials to save the login information for another Windows computer on the local network.  So Click Add a windows credential.

an overall look at windows 7 credential manager vault

3. In the top line Type in either the network address or the computer name (e.g. PC-DellXPS) depending on how you like to organize your information.  For me I’m going to just enter the local IP address.  In the next line Type in the User name, and then under that Type in the Password for that windows machine.  The username should be the user account name that is normally used to log into Windows 7.

add a network resource to windows 7 vault

That’s all there is to it!  Now Windows Vault will store the credentials and help you automatically log into the network location.  If you end up changing your credentials you’ll need to go back into Windows Vault and change them there to.  Just Click Edit under the appropriate stored credential and it will let you change all of it’s settings.

a stored credential can be edited from windows 7 vault

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5 Responses to Manage Windows Passwords Using Windows Vault [How-To]

  1. devprise February 27, 2010 at 9:09 am #

    my personal favorite password safe is keepass it supports Windows 98 / 98SE / ME / NT / 2000 / XP / 2003 / Vista / 7 / Wine … in addition to a USB portable version … and community contributed support for PocketPC, J2ME, iPhone, BlackBerry, PalmOS, Linux, PortableApps, U3, PE, and Android to name a few.

    • grooveDexter February 27, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

      @devprise,
      I’m also a big fan of keepass, I wish the Windows 7 team would learn a thing or two from them and make the Vault easier to use.

  2. Danny March 1, 2010 at 6:08 pm #

    What is keepass?

  3. Caleb March 1, 2010 at 6:10 pm #

    Lol You don’t know?
    well can’t blame you either do I

  4. Jimmy March 1, 2010 at 6:12 pm #

    Keepass is Simply a way to protect your passwords and keep them organized so you don’t lose them,

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