When you open the Windows 7 Control Panel, you will notice some new features and applications. One of the new applications is called the Credential Manager which is similar to the Advanced User Accounts option in Windows XP and Vista. Credential Manager lets you store and manage your usernames and passwords for Web sites you log into and any other resources you connect to that require credentials. By storing your credentials, Windows 7 can automatically log you on such Web sites and resources. In addition, Credential Manager lets you back up and restore your credentials.

To open the Credential Manager and add a Windows credential:

  1. Click Start and click Control Panel.
  2. Click Credential Manager.
  3. Click Add a Windows credential.
  4. Within the Resource field, type in the name of the resource (such as the computer name) or the URL of the Web site you want to access.
  5. In the User name field, type in your username used to access the resource or Web site.
  6. In the Password field, type in the password used to access the resource or Web site.
  7. Click OK.

The credentials are now stored within the Windows Vault. You can use Credential Manager to edit or remove credentials from the vault at any time. In addition to adding Windows Credentials, you can add certificate-based credentials and generic credentials.