Archived certificates are certificates that have expired or have been renewed. In many cases, it is good practice to retain archived certificates instead of deleting them. For example, you might keep an archived certificate to verify digital signatures on old documents that were signed by using the key on the now-expired or renewed certificate.

Users or local Administrators is the minimum group membership required to complete this procedure. Review the details in "Additional considerations" in this topic.

To display archived certificates
  1. Open the Certificates snap-in for a user, computer, or service.

  2. On the View menu, click Options.

  3. Under Show the following, select the Archived certificates check box, and then click OK.

  4. Click one of the certificate stores. In the details pane, archived certificates are identified with an A attribute in the Status column.

Additional considerations