Remove Network Credentials from Windows 10
When you first access a shared network folder, Windows may prompt you for login credentials (assuming the resource being accessed requires credentials).
Within the login prompt, you may choose to have those credentials stored for future use by checking the “Remember” option. If checked, those credentials are then encrypted and cached (stored) within the Windows “Credential Manager“. From now on you won’t be required to enter the network login credentials because Windows Credential Manager will automatically log you in.
Sometimes there can be issues with the cached network credentials or you may want to remove them for one reason or another.
In this article I will show you how to remove the cached network credentials using the Credential Manager and Command Prompt.
Remove Network Credentials from Credential Manager
To remove your stored network credentials follow these steps:
- Click the “Start” button (the Windows logo icon) down at the bottom left of your screen and type “Credential“. An app called “Credential Manager” will appear (if it doesn’t immediately appear, try again).
- Click the “Windows Credentials” tab near the top.
- From the list of stored Windows credentials, click the one you want to remove which will expand and reveal “Edit” and “Remove” links. If you are experiencing connection problems, you can try the “Edit” option. Otherwise, select “Remove“. Confirm the removal by selecting “Yes” within the “Delete Windows Credential” window.
The next time you try logging into the shared network location you will be prompted for the username and password. If you select the “Remember” option, Windows will once again store the network share login details within the Windows Credential Manager.
Remove Network Credentials via Command Prompt
To remove your stored network credentials via the Windows Command Prompt follow these steps:
- Click the “Start” button (the Windows logo icon) down at the bottom left of your screen and type “CMD“. An app called “Command Prompt” will appear (if it doesn’t immediately appear, try again) right click on it and select “Run as administrator” then select “Yes” from the confirmation window the follows.
- In the Command Prompt window, type the following command and then press the enter button on your keyboard: net use \\ServerName /del
- NOTE: To delete a specific set of network share credentials, replace “ServerName” with the actual network share computer name.
- NOTE: To remove ALL cached network credentials use: net use * /DELETE
- When done, you may close the Command Prompt.
As before, the next time you try logging into the shared network location you will be prompted for the username and password. If you select the “Remember” option, Windows will once again store the network share login details within the Windows Credential Manager.
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