How can I find my Windows credentials password?


CharlieDog

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I have several laptops on my home wifi network and would like to share files and folders between them. When I go to Windows Credentials in the Credentials Manager in Control Panel, I can see my User Name but the Password under it is dotted out, and the only options are to edit the password or remove the computer completely from the list. There is no option to show the password.
All of the laptops are running Windows 11 Version 23H2 and whatever the latest build is-I'm a stickler for updates. TIA
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home Version 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaPad 330-17IKB
    CPU
    Core i5-8250U 1.6 GHz
    Memory
    20 GB DDR4-2400
    Hard Drives
    Samsung EVO 860 500 GB SSD
    Browser
    Chrome
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home Version 22H2 Build 222621.963
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Laptop14-cf1020od
    CPU
    i3-8145U
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2666
    Hard Drives
    WD Blue 250 GB M.2 SATA SSD
I have several laptops on my home wifi network and would like to share files and folders between them. When I go to Windows Credentials in the Credentials Manager in Control Panel, I can see my User Name but the Password under it is dotted out, and the only options are to edit the password or remove the computer completely from the list. There is no option to show the password.
All of the laptops are running Windows 11 Version 23H2 and whatever the latest build is-I'm a stickler for updates. TIA
Did you update all the computers from the same key number?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy TE01-1xxx
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10700 CPU @ 2.90GHz 2.90 GHz
    Motherboard
    16.0GB Dual-Channel Unknown @ 1463MHz (21-21-21-47)
    Memory
    16384 MBytes
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Monitor 1 - Acer 27" Monitor 2 - Acer 27"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G-1006 (SSD)
    Seagate ST1000DM003-1SB102
    Seagate BUP Slim SCSI Disk Device (SSD)
    PSU
    HP
    Case
    HP
    Cooling
    Standard
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave K350
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Internet Speed
    500 mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    That's all Folks!
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 (10th gen) 10700
    Motherboard
    Intel
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Built-in
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 27" & Samsung 24"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x
    Hard Drives
    SSD (512 GB)
    HDD (1 TB)
    Seagate
    PSU
    Intel i7 10th Generation
    Case
    HP
    Cooling
    HP/Intel?
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave K350
    Internet Speed
    50 mbps
    Browser
    Firefox 90.2
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Headphone/Microphone Combo
    SuperSpeed USB Type-A (4 on front)
    HP 3-in-One Card Readr
    SuperSpeed USB Type-C
    DVD Writer
Network credentials are what you will be asked for if you try to connect to a share on another PC IF you have password protected sharing turned on. You need to give the username and password of an account on that other PC in order to connect. Another option where you will not be asked for credentials is to turn off password protected sharing.

The username you enter is what you see under C:\users on the machine where the files are shared. If you use a MS account this is the first 5 letters of your account name, then use MS account password.
If you use a local account on the machine where the files are shared, use that username and PW instead.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3447
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 +256gb ssd+512 gb usb m.2 sata
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
Thanks for trying but nothing seems to work. I have turned off password protected sharing on All Networks, and I was still asked for user name and password, or I was told I didn't have permission and should see my network administrator for that. I thought I was the administrator-that what it says when I log into the computer. Now, the most recent time I tried to access the laptop that is in the same room as my primary desktop computer, the laptop didn't show up on my network.
Sorry, but I'm beginning to think is sharing might not be worth the aggravation.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home Version 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaPad 330-17IKB
    CPU
    Core i5-8250U 1.6 GHz
    Memory
    20 GB DDR4-2400
    Hard Drives
    Samsung EVO 860 500 GB SSD
    Browser
    Chrome
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home Version 22H2 Build 222621.963
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Laptop14-cf1020od
    CPU
    i3-8145U
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2666
    Hard Drives
    WD Blue 250 GB M.2 SATA SSD

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Canary Channel
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec B746
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-10700K
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
    Memory
    16GB (8GB PC4-19200 DDR4 SDRAM x2)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SAM0A87 Samsung SAM0D32
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    NVMe WDC WDS100T2B0C-00PXH0 1TB
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB
    PSU
    750 Watts (62.5A)
    Case
    PowerSpec/Lian Li ATX 205
    Keyboard
    Logitech K270
    Mouse
    Logitech M185
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge and Firefox
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Canary Channel
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec G156
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8400 CPU @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    AsusTeK Prime B360M-S
    Memory
    16 MB DDR 4-2666
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Speptre HDMI 75Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 EVO 500GB NVMe
    Mouse
    Logitek M185
    Keyboard
    Logitek K270
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge and Edge Canary
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
Thanks for trying but nothing seems to work. I have turned off password protected sharing on All Networks, and I was still asked for user name and password, or I was told I didn't have permission and should see my network administrator for that. I thought I was the administrator-that what it says when I log into the computer. Now, the most recent time I tried to access the laptop that is in the same room as my primary desktop computer, the laptop didn't show up on my network.
Sorry, but I'm beginning to think is sharing might not be worth the aggravation.
I was in the same boat as you, wanted to share and could not login from another PC.

A solution is add a local user account of the same name and password on both PC's
When you add one, select don't know person's credentials
skip the email etc... then select add a user without a Microsoft account

it will allow you to create a user name and password under Add account button

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Make sure your shared folder has EVERYONE as a user and I told it read and full control.

To view all your shares use 'computer management', then click 'shares', it will show all shares and you can also rename them there


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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    some kind of old ASUS MB
    CPU
    old AMD B95
    Motherboard
    ASUS
    Memory
    8gb
    Hard Drives
    ssd WD 500 gb
After you do all that. When you go into the PC to look at the remote shares, click on Network, then the remote PC name.
All the shares will appear
Click on a share, it will ask for credentials. Type in user and password and your in.

Reason I did this today, I setup WMC on another PC and wanted to watch recorded shows from the original WMC PC we have had for years.
It all works fine. I have 10 terabytes available for recordings
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    some kind of old ASUS MB
    CPU
    old AMD B95
    Motherboard
    ASUS
    Memory
    8gb
    Hard Drives
    ssd WD 500 gb

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