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How to recover the private key for a certificate by computerhighguy
Posted: 28 Jul 08

It sometimes happens.
You lose the private key associated with a certificate.  
Just about everything in OCS requires a private key associated with the certificate.

Here is how you get it back should it go missing.

How to recover the private key for a certificate

1) Double click the  certificate and click on the details tab
2) Scroll down to Thumbprint and copy theThumb Printr in the data portion to the clipboard
3) Open a command prompt and type the following (including the double qoutes on both ends of the Thumb Print)

    certutil.exe -repairstore my "[Thumb Print]"

You will then receive the following output:

    CertUtil: -repairstore command completed successfully.

If this fails, repeat the steps but use the Serial Number of the certificate instead.

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