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Certificate Stores

Last Updated: 7/25/2016

On a computer that has the Windows operating system installed, the operating system stores a certificate locally on the computer in a storage location called the certificate store. A certificate store often has numerous certificates, possibly issued from a number of different certification authorities (CAs).

This section includes the following topics:

Local Machine and Current User Certificate Stores

Trusted Root Certification Authorities Certificate Store

Trusted Publishers Certificate Store

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