On my Windows XP, I am connected to a network shared folder on another Windows XP machine. I access the shared folder through UNC path, e.g.: \Server\shared_folder1\ When I access it first time, it asks for login credentials; but second time onwards, it opens automatically without showing login dialog box (assuming the same credentials). But I need to use a different credential to access the same shared folder. How can I logout from the shared folder which I have already accessed in the current Windows session without restarting the system?


You can goto the command line and remove the shared drive:

net use /delete s:

Then you can reconnect as needed:

net use /persistent:yes s: \\server\dir
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    OP'd need /user:domain\username as well to switch credentials, otherwise this'd just default to his own user/pw – Marc B Aug 19 '11 at 16:53
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    If not a mapped drive, the syntax is: net use /delete \\server Then wait about a minute for the connection to clear. – Ron Feb 2 '16 at 21:19

Go to Control Panels/User Accounts

Change an account

Click your account

In "Related Tasks" click "Manage my network passwords"

Remove the network location you want to logout from

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  • net use \\servername /delete usually works for me, but for some reason it didn't work last time I used it. This answer helped solve that problem. +1 – Phil Aug 25 '17 at 14:25
  • Great answer. On my windows 7 PC, the location was slightly different: Start menu search "User Accounts", in your account, look left for "Manage Your Credentials". I was able to edit them right there, didn't even need to delete. – Derek Kerton 2 days ago

Go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Credential Manager, it will have all the IDs and Passwords of the shared network folders that were saved.

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  • EVERYONE: THIS IS THE BEST AND EASIEST ANSWER!! Use it, then vote it up to help others. – Derek Kerton 2 days ago
  1. Goto server dir \\server\sharename or \\server\
  2. Select Tools -> Disconnect Network Drive...
  3. A window will popup. You select all highlighted and click "OK".
  4. Now you can link to share folder with new user logon.
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