Start "certmgr.exe" on Windows


How to start "certmgr.exe" on Windows? I know it is installed on my system as part of Visual Studio.



If you want start "certmgr.exe" on a Windows system with Visual Studio 8 installed, you can follow this tutorial:

1. Start a command line window.

2. Enter certmgr.exe with the full path name as shown below:

"\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\sdk\v2.0\bin\certmgr.exe" help

Error: Failed to open the source store
CertMgr Failed

The error you are getting is expected, because "help" is not a valid option. But it confirms that you can start to run certmgr.exe now.


  • Do not type in "certmgr" without the full pathname. If you do, Windows will start "certmgr.msc".
  • Do not type in "certmgr" without any options. If you do, Windows will start "certmgr.msc".


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