If multiple certificates are exported and saved as PKCS #7 files, or if some time has passed since the file was created, it may not be obvious what certificates a PKCS #7 file contains. The following procedure allows you to inspect the certificates contained in a PKCS #7 file.

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

To view the certificates in a PKCS #7 file
  1. Open Windows Explorer.

  2. Locate the PKCS #7 file that contains the certificates you want to view.

  3. In the details pane, double-click the PKCS #7 file.

  4. In the console tree, double-click the folder containing the PKCS #7 file, and then click Certificates. The certificates contained in the PKCS #7 file are displayed in the details pane.

Additional considerations