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Monday, October 12, 2015

Where to download Makecert.exe or Certmgr.exe?

You may need Makecert.exe or Certmgr.exe to deal with certificates, but where to download?

There are more than one way to get your hands on these files, but one way is to start a virtual Windows 8.1 client and install Windows Software Development KIT (SDK).

Go to the address https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/desktop/bg162891.aspx and download the SDK installer.

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After download start sdksetup

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Note the default installation path and click Next:

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Decide if you want to join CEIP:

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Accept License Agreement:

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Only install Windows Software Deployment Kit:

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Wait for the installation to complete and close the installation confirmation:

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You will find the files in the installation path:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.1\bin\x64 or C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.1\bin\x86 depending on the version you need:

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You can copy the files from the virtual machine to use it on another computers, and after copying the files off the VM you can dispose the Virtual machine.

Makecert Documentation  Certmgr Documentation

And now your off to create a self signed certificate, export certificates and much more.

7 comments:

  1. Thanks, best article on where to get these files from!

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  2. Just what I was after, thanks! I found the Windows 10 version of the Standalone SDK here: https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=698771

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  3. thanks! anyway: great stuff, downloading 1GB crap for a 85kb file (certmgr.exe)

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  4. Thank you--this was very helpful. Microsoft said to add Windows 10 SDK, which turned out not to contain certmgr.exe.

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  5. Good. Thankyou . Just now Installed.

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  6. Thank you, a very to the point tutorial for new users

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