Is it possible to manually specify the username, in which Windows uses it when connecting to a networked share?

perhaps \\username@host\...

PS: Both the server and clients run Windows 7.

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You can specify it through the command line using the net command.

net use <driveletter>: \\<server>\<sharename> /USER:<domain>\<username> <password> /PERSISTENT:YES

You can also specify different credentials using the Windows Explorer GUI. From the Tools menu select Map network drive.... On the Map Network Drive dialog window there is a checkbox for "Connect using different credentials".

Note: If you do not see the menu bar in Windows Explorer, press the ALT key to make it appear.

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    for net use, if you enter * for the password, it will prompt you for it.
    – localhost
    Jul 28, 2017 at 4:49
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    Aslo, the <driveletter>: is optional. Not everyone wan'ts to access the network like a floppy disk :) Nov 27, 2018 at 9:58
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    Combing this answer and the two previous comments, I was able to achieve my similar need -- connect to a network share using separate credentials without mapping to a drive letter. So the combination for my needs is: net use \\<server>\<sharename> /USER:<domain>\<username> * Note that with this set of parameters, you must either specify the password or use the asterisk to signify that you want to be prompted (which I do).
    – Mark
    May 29, 2020 at 12:20
  • It helped me to do the "net use <network location> /delete" first and then try this.
    – S4nd33p
    Aug 23, 2021 at 9:57

Yes, it is.

When you map the network share from Windows Explorer (right click on share name > Map network drive) you can use different user credentials:

Map network share

You can also do it via command prompt (started as administrator):

net use [drive] [share] /user:[user] [password]


net use s: \\homesrv\share /user:vp pass123

Important: Windows stores this account in the Windows credentials. In order to change the username for the connection the outdated Windows credential needs to be removed first. Otherwise you can connect, but will get an error on reconnect as it still uses the old credentials when reconnecting.

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    The GUI method complains "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." — No it's not! I only accessed it with explorer, it's not mapped. The CMD method complains "Multiple connections to a server or shared resource by the same user, using more than one user name, are not allowed. Disconnect all previous connections to the server or shared resource and try again." Feb 14, 2016 at 10:12
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    @MarkJeronimus, look here support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/938120 TL;DR: You have to use the computer's IP, not it's network name.
    – GetFree
    Nov 29, 2016 at 16:14
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    @MarkJeronimus Open your Windows user settings, click "Manage credentials", and see if the share is listed under Windows Credentials. If so, you should be able to modify or remove the stored login there. One problem of the GUI method is that it forces the assignment of a drive letter. The Windows Credentials section is where login information is stored regardless of how the share was accessed or mapped. Mar 7, 2017 at 2:27
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    I got the same issue as Mark. I assume the link that GetFree provided is related but it's not fully correct as in my case I had connected via IP in the first place. It seems the GUI just screws up and as a workaround you can use the server name if you used the IP for the GUI or vice versa to get a new login or map prompt. These types of loging do not show up in the Credential Manager.
    – Lilienthal
    Aug 11, 2017 at 15:06
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    @voji, on your shell syntax and example you forgot to put a colon right after the /user option. Like this : net use s: \\homesrv\share /user:vp pass123 Jun 18, 2018 at 9:01

To delete saved share usernames:

open cmd prompt type:
net use \\fileservername /del
net use * /del
to delete all

found @ http://www.windowsnetworking.com/kbase/WindowsTips/WindowsServer2008/AdminTips/Network/DeleteLoginCredentialsforaNetworkShare.html

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    Welcome to Super User! Please read the question again carefully. Your answer does not answer the original question. The OP is not asking about deleting shares and your answer doesn't even mention user names which he did ask about.
    – DavidPostill
    Mar 10, 2016 at 18:01
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    @DavidPostill Maybe not but deleting them all actually allowed me to map another one. Jun 7, 2017 at 16:38

The comment to the top answer is a good solution, it does not require mapping network drive, just tries to access the directory with different user account and password, which meets my need. Quoting the comment to here :

... connect to a network share using separate credentials without mapping to a drive letter: net use \\<server>\<sharename> /USER:<domain>\<username> * Note that with this set of parameters, you must either specify the password or use the asterisk to signify that you want to be prompted...

I tried * and also replacing * with password, both worked well

  • That did the trick for me too
    – Caio Cesar
    Jul 26, 2023 at 16:01

I'll put a link to an answer which helped me perfectly. After I deleted all connections, Windows asked me for a username and a password again. Perfect!


Doing what the accepted answer says returned an error because I was already using the other shares somehow, even though all that was using them was closed. So the answer above removed all the connections completely and Windows was able to ask me for new credentials.

Note: you might want to run CMD as normal user and as administrator, as it seems I had connections on both outputs and were different, so I deleted them all (except one that couldn't be deleted, for some reason - but worked and I didn't have to reboot the computer).


"Advanced Share Mapper" on the Windows Store will allow a Windows 10/11 client to connect to the same share as different users at the same time (i.e. as different drive letters) or different shares on the same server as different users.

This is without the dreaded "you're already connected as a different user" error.

(Disclosure: I'm the developer of the app)


net use Z: \\DavWWWRoot /user:admin pass123 /persistent:yes

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    What is does? How does it work?
    – peterh
    Apr 28, 2020 at 9:39

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