PKI Tutorials - Herong's Tutorial Examples - v2.20, by Dr. Herong Yang
Viewing a Certificate with a Private Key
This section provides a tutorial example on how to import a PKCS12 file containing a private-public key pair and its certificate into Windows system using 'Internet Options'.
Once imported, Amy can view her certificate in the "Personal" certificate store:
1. Click "Start > Control Panel > Internet Options". The "Internet Properties" dialog box shows up.
2. Click "Content" tab, then "Certificate" button. The "Certificates" dialog box shows up.
3. Click "Personal" tab. "email@example.com" certificate is listed there.
4. Double-click "firstname.lastname@example.org" certificate. The "Certificate" dialog box shows up.
5. The "General" tab tells us that "you have a private key that corresponds to this certificate." It confirms that Amy's private-public key pair is attached to her certificate in the "Personal" certificate store.
6. The "General" tab also tells us that "This certificate cannot be verified up to a trusted certificate authority. This is because CAcert.org certificate is not in the "Trusted Root Certificate Authorities" certificate store. Amy will fix this issue in the next tutorial.
The picture below shows you the "General" tab of "email@example.com" certificate imported from the previous tutorial:
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