Installing a Self-Signed Certificate as a Trusted Root CA

Many times in development systems, we use self signed certificate to test the applications with an SSL certificate, instead of waiting for the site to launch to find out there are issues. Self-signed certificate can be as secure as an externally-signed one but it simply has no trust chain extending to a common trusted root (like Verisign). So whenever it is opened from browser, it displays warning stating

There’s is a problem with this website’s security certificate

So we can remove this warning by Installing a Self-Signed Certificate as a Trusted Root CA by importing this Self-Signed Certificate into Trusted Root CA store Windows system.

Here’s a step by step guide for Installing a Self-Signed Certificate as a Trusted Root CA

  1. You need to open IE with admin privillages. This is most important!

  2. Now open the site in showing problem with this website’s security certificate. Then Click on Continue with Website (not recommended)

  3. Now in address bar, click on certificate (red color circle with cross inside)

  4. Then select view certificate

  5. You will be prompted with certificate details in new window as shown below. And then click on install certificate.

  6. Select local machine for installation or current user if want to keep this certificate only for current user.

  7. Then select place all certificate in following store and select browse button.

  8. Click on Show Physical Store and expand Trusted Root Certification Authority

  9. Select Local Computer and click ok.

  10. Click Next on this page below

  11. Finally click on Finish and you are done!

  12. You will be prompted as import successful.

  13. If you want to verify the Certificate has been installed you can load the certificates snap in and you should see it under Certificates –Current User-Trusted Root Certification Authorities-Certificates

You are done Installing a Self-Signed Certificate as a Trusted Root CA by importing this Self-Signed Certificate into Trusted Root CA store Windows system.

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