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Delete a certificate

Updated: January 21, 2011

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To delete a certificate

  1. Open the Certificates console for the user, computer, or service you want to manage.

    For instructions on creating a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) that allows you to manage the certificates of a user account, computer account, or service account, see the appropriate article from the following list

    1. Manage certificates for your user account

    2. Manage certificates for a computer

    3. Manage certificates for a service

  2. In the console tree, select the correct store that has the certificate you want to request. For example, under Certificates – Current User, expand Personal, click Certificates.

    For information on the different view options, see Certificates Console (

  3. In the details pane, click the certificate (or certificates) you want to delete. (To select multiple certificates, hold down CTRL and click each certificate.)

  4. On the Action menu, click Delete.

  5. Click Yes if you are sure you want to permanently delete the certificate.

  • In some instances, there is not a Certificates folder in the console tree. In that case, navigate in the console tree until the certificate you want appears in the details pane, and then continue the procedure.

  • You might want to back up the certificate by exporting it before you delete it. For the procedure to export a certificate, see Related Topics.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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