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System cryptography: Force strong key protection for user keys stored on the computer - Explain text

Published: November 15, 2012

Updated: November 15, 2012

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Vista



User input is not required when keys are stored and used

User is prompted when the key is first used

User must enter a password each time they use a key

System Cryptography: Force strong key protection for user keys stored on the computer

This security setting determines if users' private keys require a password to be used.

The options are:

User input is not required when new keys are stored and used

User is prompted when the key is first used

User must enter a password each time they use a key

For more information, see Public key infrastructure.

Default: This policy is not defined.

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