Import certificate from windows hard disk


I have a hard disk with a full Windows machine that does not start, but we need to recover the digital certificates that was installed in this machine (If the machine would start we could go to Internet explorer and export)

How can I extract the certificates with only the Access to the files of this machine?

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Dave HoweSoftware and Hardware EngineerCommented:
Do you need access to the private keys too?

getting the certificates is relatively easy; certificates are stored in the user's registry, and you can use the "load hive" option in regedit to load a user's registry from their profile directory (file NTUSER.DAT)

private keys are a different matter; often the fastest solution is to create a new user on the host machine, rename their profile directory, copy the profile directory from the old drive to the host drive, then change owner on all the files in the profile to the new user. A quick reboot later (just to make sure you are using the newly copied files) and you can log in as that user then proceed as you would on the original machine.

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