By default when I access some computer's share ( typing \\hostname in Windows Explorer ) Windows passes credential of my current user. It prompts for credentials only when current user's credentials are incorrect.

Is there some way to force Windows not to pass current user's credentails, but prompt for them ? I thought about making use of net view command, but it doesn't grab 'user' and 'password' parameters.


if you type the command


you will be prompted for the password of that user to be used when accessing that server


If the accepted answer gives you this error;

System error 1219 has occurred.

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.

You'll need to first remove the existing shares. If you're in a hurry, this will nuke all of them, regardless of server;


If, you want to be a bit more precise and preserve your other shares, use the following command to list the existing shares on the server;


Then delete the conflicting share with;


Finally, using the accepted answer will succeed;

Enter the password for 'USERNAME' to connect to 'SERVERNAME':
The command completed successfully.
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    This was perfect, and the problem was quite annoying, so thank you very much! – Brian says Reinstate Monica Aug 4 '16 at 17:05
  • Make sure you have no Windows Explorer windows open at the share too otherwise NET USE \\SERVERNAME\SHARENAME /u:USERNAME keeps giving the System error 1219 – Matthew Lock Jul 12 '18 at 5:42
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    Thanks Shawn, this did the trick for me. – Kev Mar 20 '19 at 17:04

Remember that this must be typed at the command prompt (CMD) opened with administrator permission, or in Windows powershell also with administrator permission.

Once this is done you can use run (winkey + r) and enter the address you want to access (\serverName\shareName).

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