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  • Useful Commands – CmdKey

    Posted on January 8th, 2009 Andy Parkes 2 comments

    A couple of weeks ago I saw a post on Mark Wilson’s blog talking about CMDKEY. At the time I thought “that’s one to remember” but wondered if I’d ever actually need it

    Turns out today I did!

    CmdKey is used for managing cached credentials

    Someone called today as they were working with the documents on their SharePoint site and the “created by” field was a different user to the one who was actually logged into the PC

    What had happened was when the user had been created they initially didn’t have permissions to access the site so they were presented with a username and password prompt


    They put in a username and password ativan generic watson combination that DID have permissions to the site and put the tick in the box for “remember my password”

    So I used the following commands

    CMDKEY /List

    This gave me a list of the cached credentials on this PC

    I found the one I wanted and used

    CMDKEY /Delete:TARGET – where target was the name of the server/site I needed to delete

    I closed the browser and restarted and all was well!

    The CMDKEY command is included on Server 2003 / Server 2008 and Windows Vista but NOT XP

    However, you can copy it from a server 2003 machine onto an XP machine and it’ll work just fine

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    Andy Parkes is Technical Director at Coventry based IT support company IBIT Solutions. He is also Microsoft Partner Area Lead for 2012-2013 and coordinates AMITPRO which is a peer group for IT Professionals in the Midlands area. He also isn't a fan of describing himself in the third person.

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    2 Responses to “Useful Commands – CmdKey”

    1. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Spent all day attempting to get OneNote to change windows live location. This was just the ticket!
      Thank you!

    2. Glad it helped!

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