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2 Ways To Remove Or Delete virtualapp/didlogical created by Windows Live

The generic credential, virtualapp/didlogical, is apparently created by Windows Live program, as pointed out by Charles at Channel 9.

“Official answer: Yes. This credential is created by and used by Windows Live.”, quoted Charles at Channel 9 CoffeeHouse.

Uses cmdkey to add or delete Windows credentials programmatically, i.e. stored user names and passwords.

In additional, the cmdkey /list output also suggests that the generic credential is indeed targeted for Windows Live.
Windows Live should document the use of virtualapp/didlogical to avoid speculation and reduce fear, but I find nothing so far. Thus, I guess Windows Live use this generic credential to access local database served by SQL Server Express Edition, which storing some kind of access information or simply credentials used by Windows Live Mesh for Remote Access or Windows Live Messenger for integration with social networking sites (Facebook, MySpace, etc).

For those who concern about privacy or feel uncomfortable, just uninstall (all) Windows Live applications and delete generic credential from Windows.

If you want to keep Windows Live applications but bother the existence of virtualapp/didlogical, then help yourself to delete it every day, either manually or programmatically:

Manually remove virtualapp/didlogical from Windows 7

Click Start button, type Windows Vault, click “Manage Windows Credentials” appears atop the search list, click virtualapp/didlogical to expand it and select “Remove from vault”.
Alternate way to access Windows 7 Credential Manager: Open Control Panel in icon view (set “View by” to either small or big icon) and click “Credential Manager” applet.

Delete virtualapp/didlogical programmatically using cmdkey

Create a Windows batch command file, says DelWinLiveGenAcct.cmd, and fill it with these commands:
cmdkey /list
cmdkey /delete:"WindowsLive:target=virtualapp/didlogical"
pause

You can either manually click the .cmd file to run, schedule it to run automatically via Windows Task Scheduler, or put it to Windows Startup folder to run automatically each time Windows boots up. For automation, you should remove the pause keyword.

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  1. Jake bullet 07-05-11@23:05

    OK if I remove it from the Credential Manager what will it break?

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