Windows refuses to remember network share credentials

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I've been tearing my hair out trying to get Windows to remember the credentials to a network share, and almost all attempts were completely fruitless.

I have two Windows machines, one being a media center that is supposed to access content on the other, but every time it fails to remember the credentials and requires a manual login to the remote share to get things going.

I tried various thing. Adding the credentials to Credential Manager, trying to change the NTLP security level, changing the username/passwords of the two machines to match, and I'm sure I tried other things too, nothing worked.

For the following example let us assume the username of a user who is authorized to access the network drive is "SomeUsername". If I entered "SomeUsername" into the username field of the box below and then also entered the correct password Windows would connect to the network drive, but when I restated my computer Windows would not remember the username and password, even if I had checked the "Remember my credentials" box. The solution is to change the domain you enter your credentials. As noted in the picture you will need to type "\{DOMAIN}\{USERNAME}" in the username field without entering a password then click OK. For this example I would enter \FREENAS\SomeUsername into the username field, leave the password field blank, then click OK.