I have a list of credentials stored in my Windows Credential Manager. But I can't view those passwords. Is there any way to see those credentials?enter image description here

  • Is there a problem or something ? Why don't you just click on the arrow?
    – Devid
    Aug 26 '14 at 12:20

You could try Network Password Recovery tool from Nirsoft

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    Tried that now. The password is not in plain text. This is what I got for each User - D81z8YUl,YHgArp[t12w9'$\QFgPNk%pJB`c1.feZhpouff9C:'eeGNfdlUXYFv#Fw)g"q$:KrY[gu-f6^?2jG3wUkC5|D+*WZT%dCVvlV(w!7sejK+p$wV]9Hj]bQ=xpWN%GXg3#&BH,Wx.'q7a~iGYe5b)D3MZK5;M_mUR&Rttd#J@!u_@,wD$JtlE1bvD~[;sgMet(N,$tul@$g.or*GqD@\qWbn
    – Kunal
    Aug 26 '14 at 11:11
  • It depends. Some application store the password as plain text and some applications hash it. Jul 10 '18 at 10:28
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    FYI: Windows defender flags this with "This program has potentially unwanted behaviour." Aug 12 '20 at 0:53
  • @ChristopherChase Windows defender flags any program that can potentially be used by a hacker as having "potentially unwanted behaviour". This includes many legitimate tools. May 31 at 7:35

If you are a developer you could take advantage of this library to find your stored Windows Credentials. https://github.com/spolnik/Simple.CredentialsManager


Here's a single .cs file to print the password of a generic credential: https://github.com/KirillOsenkov/Misc/blob/c2e28fb9e37b7d115bead10a0bc7bfce5e1e4375/WindowsCredentialViewer.cs

I'm not redistributing a binary since reading credentials is a dangerous thing and you should verify what you run before you download a tool from the internet to read your passwords. Just add that single C# file to a new C# console app and run.

  • Unfortunately "CredReadW" returns false for the password I'm trying to recover even if running the program as administrator...
    – nsimeonov
    Nov 15 '20 at 1:57
pip install pywin32 keyring
python -c "import keyring;print(keyring.get_password('user', 'password'))"

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