Quickly Backup Your Windows Usernames and Passwords
This tip is for Windows 7, Windows 8x, and Windows 10
If you want to backup your Windows credentials (user names, passwords, etc.), you’ll be glad to know that Windows makes that really easy to do. You don’t need to download anything, all you need to do is run a simple command and follow simple on screen prompts.
Step #1. Open a Run box. You can do this quickly by pressing & holding down the Windows Key and tapping the R Key.
Step #2. Type CREDWIZ in the Run box and press Enter (or click “OK”)
Step #3. Make sure the the circle next to “Back up your stored user names and passwords. If your user names or passwords are lost, damaged or destroyed then you can use this backup to restore them. You can also use this backup to transfer your user names and passwords other computers.” Is selected (it should be selected by default”).
Step #4. Chose a location to save your backup. DO NOT SELECT DRIVE C:\ (or the drive where Windows is installed). Select a USB flash drive (the file is less than 100 KB) or an external hard drive.
As you can see below, I’ve chosen my external drive (Drive F) as the location to store my Windows credentials backup. I called my file windows-credentials… but you can name yours whatever you want – as long as you recognize what it is. It will automatically be given the file extension .crd .
When you click “Next” you’re going see the window shown below. In order to proceed with your backup, you’ll need to press the CTRL + ALT + DELETE keys. When you do, it will bring up a password box. You should password protect your backup file what a password you’ll remember.
After you’ve given your Windows credentials backup file a password, you’ll get a notice that your user names and passwords were backed up successfully to the location you chose.
Should you ever need to restore your user name (s) and passwords you can open a Run box, type in CREDWIZ and press enter. This time select “Restore your stored user name and passwords”.
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