This is more of a curiosity then a real problem and i am just too lazy to reboot or log off my laptop

I have connected to a network share on a windows server with domain credentials from a non-domain windows 7 machine, i didn't mark the option to remember the password.

The share is let's say \\\folder .

In the meantime i changed the password for this domain account and now when i try to access that share i get the following error message

Logon failure: unknown user name or bad password

I tried this on the client side

  • deleting cached credentials in Credential Manager
  • running net use delete
  • running net session \\ip.of.the.server /delete gives me "A session does not exist with that computer name."
  • running net use \\\folder /u:DOMAIN\USER password gives me "The command completed successfully. ", but I still get the same unknown user name or bad password when trying to access the share from Windows Explorer
  • mapping the share as a network drive from GUI, but then I get

    The network folder specified is currently mapped using a different user name and password.
    To connect using a different user name and password, first disconnect any existing mappings to this network share.

  • running net use to see connections, I get that there are no connections in the list
  • killing explorer.exe and starting it again.

I have tried the following on the server side.

  • going to Computer Management > Shared folders > Sessions to kill the session with my username
  • rebooting the server

I've managed to access the share using the domain name instead of the ip address but i'm curious

Is there a way to delete the cached credentials? Where are credentials cached when you don't mark the remember password option when accessing the share, they are not shown in credential manager and there is no mapping shown when you run net use.

Best Answer

To delete all network authentication

C:\> net use * /d

To view current network connection

C:\> net use


I tested in Windows 7 SP1 64 Bits, 100% WORK

After run the command, you need to go to task manager delete the explorer.exe , then reopen the application again.

To open the application, go to RUN , enter explorer.exe

Now you are fully aware of the connection information in the session