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How to Remove a Personal Certificate from Internet Explorer

This article was previously published under Q185059
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IMPORTANT: This article contains information about editing the registry.Before you edit the registry, you should first make a backup copy of theregistry files (System.dat and User.dat). Both are hidden files in theWindows folder.
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This article describes how to remove a personal certificate from InternetExplorer.
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WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems thatmay require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannotguarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of RegistryEditor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

For information about how to edit the registry, view the "Changing KeysAnd Values" Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) or the "Add andDelete Information in the Registry" and "Edit Registry Data" Help topicsin Regedt32.exe. Note that you should back up the registry before you editit. If you are running Windows NT, you should also update your EmergencyRepair Disk (ERD).

To remove a personal certificate from Internet Explorer, use RegistryEditor to open the following registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\My\Certificates
This registry key contains the keys that represent your personalcertificates. To remove a specific personal certificate, delete thecorresponding registry key.
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Article ID: 185059 - Last Review: 01/22/2007 17:54:58 - Revision: 3.1

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