Where to find certificates in Windows 7 and how to install them?

If you want to know where to find the certificates in Windows 7 and how to manage them, here’s a short guide that will get you started. Certificates are everywhere! You have probably heard of SSL certificates before, but there are other certificates for other purposes.

Windows 7 Certification Manager

How to view certificates

Let’s first take a look at the default certificates that are installed.

1. Step Click on Start
2. Step Enter certmgr.msc into the search field and hit enter
3. Step The certification manager of Windows 7 will start.
4. Step There are different categories of certificates. One of them for example is “Trusted Root Certification Authorities”, which basically includes certifications of trusted authorities like VeriSign, GoDaddy, Entrust, Thawthe and Microsoft:

Root certificates Windows 7

You personal certificates will be stored in Personal. Some software on your PC will most likely also use some certificates. The Anti-virus software ESET for example will create a security cert and will be listed under Trusted Publisher:

ESET Certificate

How to install certificates in Windows 7

If you have a certificate that you want to install, you can import the .cert file and it will be automatically installed for you.

1. Step Click on Start
2. Step Enter certmgr.msc into the search field and hit enter
3. Step The certification manager of Windows 7 will start.
4. Step Click on Action – All Tasks – Import:

Install Certificates in Windows 7

Published: Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 Last Modified: August 31, 2010