• If you want to see what's inside a Credentials file in Windows, you only need a third-party program. CredentialsFileView from Nirsoft allows you to decrypt Windows credential files, and display their content.
  • Credentials can store various types of data, including remote computer login passwords, mail accounts passwords, and many others. To keep these data secure, credential files are encrypted.
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How to ccess decrypted Credentials files

In case you want to see what’s inside a Credentials file in Windows, you don’t need to be an expert programmer, just use a third-party program.

A new application from Nirsoft, called CredentialsFileView allows you to decrypt Windows credential files, and display what’s stored in it.

In case you’re not familiar with this type of file in Windows, the system uses credentials for storing data and sensitive info securely.

Credentials can store various types of data, including remote computer login passwords, mail accounts passwords, Windows Live session information, Windows Messenger passwords, or Internet Explorer/Microsoft Edge passwords.

To keep these data secure, credential files are encrypted.

The program is very simple to use. You just need to enter the Windows login password, and it will automatically detect all information. Without the Windows login password, the program isn’t useful, because it only shows encrypted info.

When you open CredentialsFileView for the first time, it will automatically detect all credentials files, based on the path you enter. Once the setup is done, all files will be listed in the main screen of the program.

Here, you can click on each file individually, to show its decrypted content in the lower half of the interface. Information is shown as a full hex dump by default, but you can switch the view mode to strings, for better understanding.

It also allows you to change any password in a credential file, so if you want an application to use a different password, you can use this program to change it.

CredentialsFileView is compatible with every version of Windows from Windows XP to Windows 10. So, whatever system you’re currently on, you can use this program to access decrypted credentials files on your computer.

This program will be of most use mainly to system administrators, but you may also use it to remind yourself of a certain app password.

CredentialsFileView is available for free, and you can download it from this link.

FAQ: Read more about credentials

  • How do I find my generic credentials password?
If you start typing the word credential in the Windows search box, the Credential Manager will show up. Choose Web credentials or Windows credentials. If the password is an internet password, choose Web credentials. If not, choose Windows credentials.
  • How do I open Credential Manager?
To open Credential Manager, write credential in the search box on the taskbar and select Credential Manager from the results. Select Web Credentials or Windows Credentials to access the credentials you want to see.
  • Where are generic credentials stored?
In Windows 10 and 8.1, all the credentials are stored in the Windows Credentials section. These credentials are automatically stored and managed by Windows and the applications that you use.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2016 and has been since revamped and updated in May 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.