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What is "Unable to find manifest signing certificate in the certificate store" !?!

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Hi all,

I have just opened a project I completed a while ago in Visual Studio and I am suddenly getting a build error with the following message:
Unable to find manifest signing certificate in the certificate store.

Can someone tell me what is causing this and how I can sort it out?

Many Thanks
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Have you changed your pc/laptop since you last opened the project?

The certificate which was used to build and sign the project is no longer available on your pc/laptop. It maybe that it does exist but has expired.
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thinking about it i have formatted my computer and reinstalled all my software since then.
how can i resolve this problem?
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You either need to restore the lost certificate, or simply create a new one and sign the project with the new certificate.

Not sure how your using the certificate in your enviroment. I have a domain wide security setup file which allows all full network access to any of my deployed .net apps which are signed by my certificate. if i lost the certificate it would be bad.

If you only used it to sign the published app, just create a new one.
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by:kiranboi
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creating a new one sounds like what i need to do.
how do i go about it? :p
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by:kiranboi
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Ahh ha, sorted it. Thanks for the advice :)
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by:sobreiro01
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Hi,
I have this problem, and it seems to be caused by the publisher.
To solve my problem I had to uncheck the "Sign the ClickOnce manifests" check box on the project properties window at "Signing" TAB.

Hope this helps. Regards,
André Luiz Sobreiro

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by:RETAILREALM
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hi Sobreio01,

Yes its perfect solution. The issue occurs at my end cause of change in PC.

Thanks,

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