How to Trust Self Signed Certificates in Windows 7

  1. Go to the website in question,, for instance,
  2. Click through until you get to the Certificate error in the browser status line.
  3. View the cert, then from the Details tab, select Copy to File.
  4. Save to the Desktop as mywebsite.cer, for example.
  5. Start, Run, MMC.
  6. File, Add/Remove Snap-In.
  7. Select Certificates, Click Add, My User Account, then Finish, then click OK.
  8. Dig down to Trust Root Certification Authorities, Certificates.
  9. Right-Click Certificate, Select All Tasks, Import.
  10. Select the Save Cert from the Desktop.
  11. Select Place all Certificates in the following Store, Click Browse.
  12. Check the Box that says Show Physical Stores, Expand out Trusted Root Certification Authorities, and select Local Computer there, click OK, and Complete the Import.
  13. Check the list to make sure it shows up. You will probably need to Refresh before you see it. Exit MMC.
  14. Open Browser, select Tools, Delete Browsing History.
  15. Select all but Inprivate Filtering Data, complete.
  16. Go to Internet Options, Content Tab, Clear SSL State.
  17. Close browser and reopen and test.
2 Responses to “How to Trust Self Signed Certificates in Windows 7”
  1. Anon 10 April 2011 at 12:28 am #


    I’m using windows 7 and have a self-signed cert. The steps above still don’t work for me. I imported the cert into the “Local Computer” as well as the “Registry” store under Trusted Root Certificates. Neither IE8 nor Chrome will accept the certificate as trusted. Any ideas are appreciated.

  2. noyed winuser 14 December 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    having same issue win 7.

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