Monday, January 12, 2009

Purging the Login Credentials Cache on XP

One major annoyance that I have with Windows (when I'm forced to use it), is that it caches the login credentials you use when accessing a network share. So once you've entered credentials to access a share, windows will always re-use those credentials when accessing that machine (until you reboot of course).

Fortunately there is a neat little trick you can use to get around this. By making use of dos' net command, you can clear this cache. Windows will then prompt you for credentials again next time you access the share.

Open a command prompt, and type :

net use /d *

You will be prompted for confirmation, enter "y" and enter.

Simple, but an effective solution to a common problem.

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