Create a File Encryption Certificate and Key

Learn how to create a file encryption certificate and key in Windows 7.

Create File Encryption Certificate and Key

  1. Open the Control Panel from the Start menu.
  2. Open User Accounts in the Control Panel.


    Note: If the User Accounts item is not available, change View by to Large icons at the top right of the Control Panel.

  3. Select Manage your file encryption certificates in the left column of the User Accounts window.


  4. Click Next in the Encrypting File System window.


  5. Select Create a new certificate and then click Next.


  6. Select A self-signed certificate stored on my computer and then click Next.


  7. Now that the certificate and key are made it’s a VERY GOOD IDEA TO BACK IT UP. If you don’t back up the certificate and key you might lose access to your encrypted files. Browse to a location to save the backup, give the backup file a password, and then click Next.


  8. Click Next since you probably don’t already have any encrypted files.


  9. Click Close and you’re done!


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  1. Mike Sullivan says:

    Step 3. Not present in the option list in my profile. I am the administrator for my computer(Only)(Password protected). Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit. What could be causing this?

    Mike Sullivan

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