Clearing Credentials from Credential manager in Windows

First, why might you want to do clear credentials from credential manager?

Security Concerns: If you have stored sensitive login credentials in Credential Manager and suspect that your system might be compromised or accessed by unauthorized users, clearing those credentials is a prudent security measure.

Obsolete or Expired Credentials: If your passwords have been changed for the accounts stored in Credential Manager and you've updated them elsewhere, you should clear the old credentials to prevent Windows from attempting to use outdated information.

Access Issues: Sometimes, incorrect or outdated credentials can cause access issues to network resources, shared folders, or other systems. Clearing and re-adding the correct credentials might resolve connectivity problems.

Account Lockouts: In some cases, repeated use of incorrect credentials can lead to account lockouts. Clearing the erroneous credentials and entering the correct ones can prevent this issue.

Routine Maintenance: As part of regular security hygiene, it's a good practice to periodically review and clean up stored credentials. Removing credentials that are no longer needed reduces the potential attack surface.

Shared Computers: If you've used a shared computer and saved your credentials for convenience, you should clear those credentials when you're done to prevent others from accessing your accounts.

Changing User Accounts: If you've been using one user account and then switch to a different one, you might want to clear the credentials associated with the old account to avoid any confusion or conflicts.

Troubleshooting: If you're encountering issues with a specific application or network resource, one step in troubleshooting could involve clearing and re-adding the relevant credentials to ensure that the problem is not related to outdated or incorrect credentials.

Privacy Concerns: If you value your privacy and want to ensure that no one can access your accounts even if they have physical access to your computer, clearing stored credentials can be a precautionary step.
Note: Clearing credentials from Credential Manager will remove saved passwords and other login information. Make sure you have the necessary passwords handy before proceeding.

Method 1: Using Control Panel

1. Open Control Panel: Press `Win + R` to open the Run dialog, type `control panel`, and hit Enter.

2. Navigate to Credential Manager: In the Control Panel window, set the view to either "Large icons" or "Small icons" (top right corner), and then click on "Credential Manager".

3. Manage Windows Credentials: Under "Credential Manager", you'll see three categories: Web Credentials, Windows Credentials, and Certificate-Based Credentials. Click on the category containing the credentials you want to clear. For example, if you want to clear saved passwords for websites, click on "Web Credentials".

4. Remove Credentials: You'll see a list of saved credentials. To remove a specific credential, click on it to expand, and then click on the "Remove" button. Confirm the action if prompted.

5. Clear All Credentials: If you want to clear all the credentials in the category, you can click on the "Remove all" button.

Method 2: Using Windows Settings

1. Open Windows Settings: Press `Win + I` to open the Windows Settings.

2. Go to Accounts: In the Windows Settings window, click on "Accounts".

3. Access Sign-in Options: On the left sidebar, click on "Sign-in options".

4. Manage Passwords: Under the "Password" section, click on the "Manage" button. This will open the Credential Manager.

5. Follow Steps 3-5 from Method 1: Proceed as mentioned in steps 3-5 of the "Using Control Panel" method to clear the credentials.

Method 3: Using Command Prompt

1. Open Command Prompt: Press `Win + R` to open the Run dialog, then type `cmd` and press Enter to open the Command Prompt.

2. Clear Specific Credential: To remove a specific credential, you can use the following command:


cmdkey /delete:

Replace `` with the name of the credential. For example:

cmdkey /delete:TargetName


3. Clear All Credentials: If you want to clear all credentials, use the following command:


cmdkey /list | ForEach-Object {cmdkey /delete:$_.replace(" ","")}


This command retrieves the list of credentials and then removes each one.

Remember to proceed with caution when clearing credentials, as this action cannot be undone and will result in the loss of saved passwords and login information. Always make sure you have the necessary information to re-enter credentials before clearing them.
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