Certificate store for local computers and current users - Windows Driver (2023)


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Each of the system certificate stores has the following types:

  • Local computer certificate store

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    This type of certificate store is local to the computer and global to all users of the computer. This certificate store is located in the registry under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE root.

  • Current user's certificate store

    This type of certificate store is local to a user account on the computer. This certificate store is located in the registry under the HKEY_CURRENT_USER root.

For information about the specific registry locations of the certificate stores, seeSystem locations.

Note that all current user certificates are savedexcept current user/personal storageinherit the contents of the local computer's certificate stores. For example, when adding a certificate to the local computerTrusted root CA certificate store, all current users' trusted root CA certificate stores (with the above warning) also contain the certificate.

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Driver signature verification during Plug and Play (PnP) installation requires Root and Authenticode certificates, includingtest certificates, reside in a local computer certificate store.

For more information about adding or removing certificates from system certificate stores, seeCertificate Administrator.


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