Windows 7 doesn’t remember network share credentials

When connecting to a network share Windows 7 presents a dialog box as follows

You’d expect that ticking the box that says ‘remember credentials’ would cause windows to, um, remember the credentials? Unfortunately this is not the case, at least it hasn’t been for me when I want to copy media files onto my HTPC.

To fix this, navigate to Control Panel > User Accounts > Manage your credentials, where under ‘Windows Credentials’ you will see a list of machines you’ve connected to in the past. Expand the entry of the machine your interested in and you will see an entry for ‘Persistence level’. If this is set to ‘Login Session’, as shown in the screenshot below, this is the reason why Windows is not remembering your credentials as you’d expect.

Remove the entry and manually add a new one with the same details. When an entry is added manually the Persistence level should be automatically be set to Enterprise. After a reboot you should be able to connect to the share without having to enter credentials every time.

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2 Responses to “Windows 7 doesn’t remember network share credentials”

  1. Pete says:

    Great tip! Came in handy 🙂

  2. Peter S says:

    Thanks, this was frustrating me, but fixed now. 😉

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