How do I install a Digital Certificate onto Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7?
There are a number of ways to open the certificate file. If you have the .pfx or .p12 file on your desktop, you can double-click on it as an icon. If you download it from a web application, then most times you have the option to open it as a file before downloading. You can also right-click the file and choose open. Once you have opened the certificate file in one of the ways mentioned, you will bring up the Certificate Import Wizard.
Note: The default program that will open the certificate file should be the Crypto Shell Extensions.
- When the Certificate Import Wizard starts, you will see the Welcome Screen (seen below). At this screen, you can click on Next .
you would like any additional features and security. Please refer to the points below to see what each do:
- Enable strong private key protection - If you check this then every time you try to access your certificate, you will be prompted for a password that is set by you.
- Mark this key as exportable - This will allow you to export your certificate later into a .pfx file. This is useful if you need to copy your certificate onto another computer.
- Include all extended properties - This option only appears in Windows Vista and Windows 7. This option is also selected by default. You should leave this option checked.
- The next screen will be the Certificate Store selection screen. As you are installing a .p12 or .pfx file, you can leave the default as Automatically select the certificate store based on the type of certificate. Click on Next .
Article ID: 67, Created On: 04.08.2009, Modified: 20.07.2015