Quote: Originally Posted by longrob
Is there a way I could just restore the certificate from the backup ? is there any way I can get the certificate into Windows 7, given that the option to export the private key was not available when I backed it up ?
Private keys are stored here:
c:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Microsoft\Crypto\RSA
Public keys and certs are here:
c:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\My\Certificates
The problem with private keys is that they are encrypted by a Data Protection API
. So in order to recover a private key you will probably need to get the machine as close to the original state as possible.
You may want to read up on the DPAPI to see what I mean. Particularly, Example: Certificates and Private Keys
+ You Cannot Access DPAPI Confidential Information After Reinstalling Windows on a Stand-Alone Computer
Quote: Originally Posted by Microsoft
Guidelines and Best Practices
* Export and back up important certificates and private keys to a safe and secure location.