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How to Restore Encryption Certificate and Key in Windows 10

If you lose access to your encrypted files and folders, you will not be able to open them again unless you are able to restore your file encryption certificate and key used with EFS.

This guidel will show you how to import the PFX file for your file encryption certificate and key used with Encrypting File System (EFS)in Windows 10.

How to Restore Encryption Certificate and Key from PFX file

Use these steps to import PFX file to restore encryption certificate and key.

Step 1: Right click on the PFX file and click on Install PFX.

Install PFX

Step 2: Click on Next.

Restore encryption key

Step 3: Click on Next. Then follow the steps 4 instructions.

import certificate file

How to Restore Encryption Certificate and Key in Certificates Manager

You can import the PXF file to restore encryption certificate and key used with EFS in Certificates Manager.

Step 1: Open Certificates Manager.

Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type certmgr.msc, and click OK.

Open Certificates Manager

Step 2: Then right-click on the Personal store, click on All Tasks, and click on Import.

mport certificate from backup file

Step 3: To continue, click Next.

Click on the Browse button, select Personal Information Exchange from the file type drop down, navigate to the location you saved the PFX file, select the PFX file, click on Open, and click on Next.

Restore encryption key

Step 4:  Enter the password for the private key included in the PFX file, check Mark this key as exportable, check Include all extended properties, and click on Next.

Enter the password for the private key

Step 5: Select Automatically select the certificate store based on the type of certificate, and click Next.

Auto select certificate store

Step 6: Click on Finish. Click on OK.

Export encryption certificate and key seccessfully