Add, remove, edit, backup, restore Stored Usernames and Passwords in Windows 10

The Stored User Names and Passwords in Windows lets you securely manage user names and passwords as a part of your profile. It lets you automatically enter saved user names and passwords for various network resources, servers, websites, and applications, to authenticate yourself. In this post we will see how to add, remove, edit, backup, restore Stored Usernames and Passwords & Credentials in Windows 10/8/7.

Find stored Usernames and Passwords

To directly access the Stored User Names and Passwords Control panel applet, via WinX Menu, open Command Prompt (Admin), type the following rundll32 command, and hit Enter.

rundll32.exe keymgr.dll,KRShowKeyMgr

The Stored User Names and Passwords box will open.

Stored User Names and Passwords

Here you will be able to see the saved passwords and user names.

To add a new credential, press the Add button and fill in the required details as follows:

add Stored User Names and Passwords

To delete a saved password, select the credential and click on the Remove button.

remove Stored User Names and Passwords

To edit a password, click the Edit button. Here you will be editing the details.

edit Stored User Names and Passwords

It could be a Windows logon credential or a Website or Program password.

It is always a good idea to back up the stored user names and passwords. To do this, click on the Backup button to open the following wizard.

back up Stored User Names and Passwords

Select and browse to the backup location, click Next, and follow the wizard to its completion.

Should the need arise, you can always restore the backup, by clicking on the Restore button and browsing to the backup file location and selecting it.

restore Stored User Names and Passwords

That’s it!

This post will show you how to manage passwords in Internet Explorer using Credential Manager. While you can add, backup, restore Windows Credentials, there is no way to add or edit Web Credentials. Microsoft recently enumerated the changes it incorporated in Password Policy and Autocomplete Forms in Internet Explorer 11, to reduce the confusion in users about their passwords being recalled on one site but not another. Check this post to see how Internet Explorer 11 now stores Passwords.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Bob Taylor

    OK here is my problem…I have win 10 on my laptop. When I try to open and log on I am greeted with a screen that says my password does not work. It wants to log me on to MS. I have tried every PW that I have ever had and none work. I cannot open anything so I cannot follow any of the solutions found on the Inet. I cannot log on to MS on my other computer because it uses a different email address. I have removed the HD to my tower but I cannot find the file where the PW is stored. My laptop came with Win10 installed so no disk. I did not make a boot disk. I have tried to fine the file name where the PW may be stored so I can remove it. Any suggestions would be helpful Thanks

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