How to Open the Certificates Console in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

How to Open the Certificates Console in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012


Applies to: Windows 8, Windows Server 2012

To open the Certificates console for a user, service, or computer:
  1. From the Desktop, click the Windows Explorer icon on the Taskbar.
  2. In the address bar type mmc and press ENTER. When User Account Control (UAC) appears, confirm that it is performing the action that you want and then click Yes.
  3. In the console, click File and then click Add/Remove Snap-in.
  4. In Add or Remove Snap-ins, under Available snap-ins, double-click Certificates.
  5. In Certificates snap-in, select whether you want to see the certificates of My user account (local user account), Service account, or a Computer account.
    • If you select My user account, click Finish.
    • If you select Service account, click Next.
      • Determine whether you want to connect to the Local Computer or Another Computer. If you select Another computer, use the Browse button to select that computer or type the name of the computer into the textbox.
      • Select the service account and then click Finish.
    • If you select Computer account, click Next.
      • Determine whether you want to connect to the Local Computer or Another Computer. If you select Another computer, use the Browse button to select that computer or type the name of the computer into the textbox.
      • Once you have selected the computer you want, click Finish.
  6. After adding a snap-in for a certificate console, you can double-click Certificates again to add another console. For example, one for Services, another for My user account, another for the Computer account. You can even do this for other computers for service accounts and computers.
  7. Once you have added all the snap-ins that you want, click OK.

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  • pcengineer.tk edited Revision 26. Comment: Windows 8, Windows Server 2012

  • Richard Mueller edited Revision 24. Comment: Modified title casing, added tag

  • Ed Price - MSFT edited Revision 16. Comment: Fixing phantom links

  • Ed Price - MSFT edited Revision 14. Comment: Added See Also and Additional Resources sections

  • Kurt L Hudson edited Revision 11. Comment: updated the applies to section to reflect Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

  • Ed Price - MSFT edited Revision 7. Comment: Added tags

  • Ed Price - MSFT edited Revision 6. Comment: Should be "Windows Server 2012". Added tags.

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  • Ed Price - MSFT edited Revision 6. Comment: Should be "Windows Server 2012". Added tags.

  • Ed Price - MSFT edited Revision 7. Comment: Added tags

  • Kurt L Hudson edited Revision 11. Comment: updated the applies to section to reflect Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

  • Or hit Windows-R and type "certlm.msc" for the same effect (if you're doing local computer).  

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    Response from Kurt Hudson:

    Did you see the link about how "you" can improve this article? :-)

    Of course, that opens the Certificate on the Local Computer. Still, it is a good tip for that part. Feel free to add it there.

  • Ed Price - MSFT edited Revision 14. Comment: Added See Also and Additional Resources sections

  • Ed Price - MSFT edited Revision 16. Comment: Fixing phantom links

  • I would rename the title of this wiki article, as its a (very bad) joke to call this 5-liner as a "Howto". Actually this is the only single Howto for the certificates topic. Does it mean the certificates uner Microsoft Windows can be completely described with this single Howto article? Come on!

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    Kurt Hudson replies:

    1. You clearly don't understand my dry sense of humor, but that is okay. :-) My fault for being dry.

    2. You can actually change the title of an article yourself, by logging in and making that revision yourself. Of course, then you would have had to put your comment in the revision, would be less of a way to complain to the world and me at the same time. So, this worked to initiate a slower change, because I had to see it, agree with it, and then make the update myself, but it worked!

    3. I did have bigger plans for the article, but it is also clear that my original title didn't communicate to you what I intended it to communicate. Again, that justifies the title change.

    That was fun, we should have these kind of conversations more often :-)

  • Richard Mueller edited Revision 24. Comment: Modified title casing, added tag

  • trying to get this set up.i sorry im not good with computers and having one now has me upset and giving up..

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    Kurt Hudson replies: Yeah, and if you are on this article and not feeling good with computers, then it's probably time for a break. This is a bit of an advanced area to be messing with, if you are not an IT professional. There are computers everywhere these days. Maybe you just need a Smart Phone with some nice support people to help you :-) Peace!

  • great job

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    Kurt Hudson replies: Thank you! :-)

  • pcengineer.tk edited Revision 26. Comment: Windows 8, Windows Server 2012

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  • There is a simpler way to open the certificate console on Windows 8, to manage local computer and user certificates.

    1. Start Menu > Search

    2. Type "certificate" and filter the search results to show "Settings".

    3. Choose either "Manage Computer Certificates" or "Managed User Certificates".

  • Adel Shaker3 edited Revision 34. Comment: Adelg

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