Exporting a code signing certificate to a PFX file

If you have ordered a code signing certificate using one of the more recent browsers such as Internet Explorer 7 running under Windows Vista, you may find that the certificate is downloaded to the browser's certificate store instead of being saved to a file on your hard drive. This is not very convenient to back up, and some code signing tools - including Tech-Pro CodeSign cannot use it in this format. You will need to export the certificate to a file in Personal Information Exchange (.pfx) format before you can use it.

To export a code signing certificate to a PFX file:

You should find the code signing certificate on the Personal tab.

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The Certificate Export Wizard will start.

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You should now have your code signing certificate in a Personal Information Exchange (.pfx) file ready to use with Tech-Pro CodeSign using signtool.exe or signpad.exe. This file may also be converted to a .pvk and .spc file pair, for use with the older Microsoft code signing utilities.