How To - Install the SSL Certificate on Windows

  1. Visit your domain's SSL certificate installation instruction page to download a certificate. By default, this is Click the Download Certificate button.


Depending on your browser and configuration, you may be asked whether you would like to open the file or save it; choose Open. Depending on your browser, you may then have to click Open a second time.

These images show Internet Explorer 10 running on Windows 8; you may not see exactly the same thing if you are using another browser or a different version of Windows; however, the general process and wording should be the same.

  1. Depending on your browser and configuration, you may see a Security Warning which asks if you're sure you want to open the file; if so, click Open once more.



  1. Next, you will be presented with a Certificate dialogue. Click the Install Certificate... button near the bottom of this window.



  1. The Certificate Import Wizard will open next. Depending on your configuration, you may be asked whether to install for the Current User or the Local Machine; if asked, you should normally select Current User. In either case, click Next.



  1. The next screen will ask whether you would like to have Windows automatically select a certificate store or you would like to select it yourself. Opt to select yourself, by clicking on Place all certificates in the following store. Then, press the Browse button to the right.



  1. The Select Certificate Store dialogue will open. Highlight Trusted Root Certification Authorities in the list, and then press OK at the bottom.



  1. Back at the main wizard screen, the Certificate store box should now show Trusted Root Certification Authorities. Press Next again.



  1. At the Completing the Certificate Import Wizard screen, press the Finish button.



  1. A Security Warning will appear, asking if you're sure you'd like to install the certificate. Click the Yes button.



  1. A confirmation will appear, indicating that the certificate import was successful. Press OK.



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