makecert.exe - Private Key Containers Location on Windows 7

Q

Where are private keys are stored on my Windows 7 system? I want to know where are my private keys created with the "makecert.exe" command

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A

Private keys are stored in Private Key Containers on Windows 7 systems. Private Key Containers are system binary files located in your home folder as shown below:

C:\fyicenter>dir /as /od
C:\users\fyicenter\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Crypto\RSA\S-1-5-22-60216235...

01/02/2012  12:01 AM      45 73aa4cc77f591dfc2374580bbd95f6ba_e...
01/03/2012  12:01 AM      53 6c29ae44e85efac3c72ff4d1865d73f1_e...
01/04/2012  01:53 AM   2,091 6b73f34a514de86f5cb606c50cf09a9d_e...
01/05/2012  01:19 AM      62 1731aebd11d9b32a88454ba0f0141493_e...
01/06/2012  03:54 AM      77 0077ead69703e3bf1fd373a3c9376faa_e...
02/31/2012  02:16 AM      47 acfeeb88387f62fa12bbe68a810bffa3_e...
04/06/2012  11:19 PM     921 d993c5b748d1779d01850cea6b39271e_e...
07/01/2012  09:08 PM   1,286 5da774fef392bc623eb146006db1f2bd_e...
07/04/2012  09:28 PM   1,276 6b90a71bfc56f2582e916a51aed6df9a_e...

The latest file in this list should be the private key container created by the "makecert.exe" command to hold the private key for "Fred Dews" certificate.

 

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