Store User Credentials for External Sites in Windows 7

Back in May I posted “Stop Team Explorer from asking for login for CodePlex Projects”, and now that I have made the transition to Windows 7 at work (finally) I needed to figure this out again.

The problem is that every time I go to switch to the CodePlex TFS Server I have to enter my CodePlex login information.  I , being the lazy person I am, don’t want to have to do that every time.  Yes, it is probably more secure, but I feel if you have the ability to log on to my PC at work you probably already have enough access to really screw me.

Anyway here are the steps for Storing User Credentials so you don’t get prompted all the time.

The Credential Manager to the rescue

What is Credential Manager?

Credential Manager allows you to store credentials, such as user names and passwords that you use to log on to websites or other computers on a network. By storing your credentials, Windows can automatically log you on to websites or other computers. Credentials are saved in special folders on your computer called vaults. Windows and programs (such as web browsers) can securely give the credentials in the vaults to other computers and websites.

Storing User Credentials for External Sites

Open the Credential Manager by going to Control Panel\User Accounts\Credential Manager

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click Add a Windows Credential

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Enter in the server, user and password information and click “OK”.

So, there you go, the next time Team Explorer request access to the CodePlex server it will pass along the credentials you have stored instead of asking you for it every time.

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