Renew a certificate with the same key

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To renew a certificate with the same key

  1. Open the Certificates console for the user, computer, or service you want to manage.


    For instructions on creating a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) that allows you to manage the certificates of a user account, computer account, or service account, see the appropriate article from the following list

  1. Manage certificates for your user account

  2. Manage certificates for a computer

  3. Manage certificates for a service

  1. In the console tree, select the correct store that has the certificate you want to request. For example, under Certificates – Current User, expand Personal, click Certificates.


    For information on the different view options, see Certificates Console (

  2. In the details pane, click the certificate you are renewing.

  3. On the Action menu, point to All Tasks, and then click Renew Certificate with Same Key to start the Certificate Renewal Wizard.

  4. In the Certificate Renewal Wizard, do one of the following:

    • Use the default values to renew the certificate.

    • Provide your own certificate renewal settings. You need to know the certification authority issuing the certificate.

  5. After the Certificate Renewal Wizard has successfully finished, click OK.


  • To perform this procedure, the view mode must be organized by Logical Certificate Stores. For more information, see Related Topics.

  • Once renewed, the old certificate will be archived. For information on how to view archived certificates, see Related Topics.

  • You can use this procedure to request certificates from an enterprise certification authority only. To request certificates from a stand-alone certification authority, you need to request certificates via Web pages. A Windows certification authority has its Web pages located at http://ServerName/certsrv, where ServerName is the name of the server that hosts the certification authority.

  • Information about functional differences

    • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

    See Also


    Manage certificates for your user account Manage certificates for a computer Manage certificates for a service Display certificate stores in Logical Store mode Display archived certificates Renew a certificate with a new key Using Windows 2000 Certificate Services Web pages