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Solution ID : SO16636

Last Modified : 04/26/2019

Error: "Cannot find the certificate request associated with this certificate file. A certificate request must be completed on the computer where it was created." when installing certificate using Microsoft IIS 7.0


When installing a certificate using Microsoft IIS 7.0, you may receive one of the following error messages:

Note:  The certificate may already be installed regardless of the error message.


This issue occurs because IIS Manager performs a lookup operation to look for a friendly name of the certificate during the installation. However, the code that performs this lookup operation misses this specific case, and it does not know how to retrieve the friendly name of a certificate in a PKCS#7 file. Therefore, the lookup operation fails, and you receive the error message.

This is a known issue with IIS 7.0.  Please see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base Article regarding this issue:


To resolve this problem, check if the certificate is installed by performing the following steps:

Step 1: Create a 'Certificates' snap-in within the MMC

  1. Click Start > Run > type MMC
  2. From the Microsoft Management Console (MMC), click  File > Add/Remove Snap-in
  3. From the list of snap-ins, select Certificates
  4. Click Add
  5. Select Computer Account
  6. Click Next
  7. Select Local Computer (the computer this console is running on)
  8. Click Finish
  9. In the Add/Remove Snap-in window, click OK

Step 2: Locate the SSL certificate

  1. Go to Personal > Certificates
  2. Right-click the SSL Certificate
  3. Select Properties
  4. Enter a Friendly Name value
  5. Click Apply, then click OK
  6. Go back to Personal > Certificates
  7. Double-click on the SSL certificate.

    On the General tab, under the validity dates, there should be a key with the following message:
    "You have a private key that corresponds to this certificate"

    Note: If this is present, close the certificate and the MMC and proceed to Step 3. If there is no reference to the key, the certificate will need to be repaired.  Please refer to the following repair instructions: SO21731.

 Step 3: Bind the SSL certificate to the web site in IIS

  1. Click Start > Administrative Tools > Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager
  2. Browse to Server name > Sites > SSL-based site
  3. From the Actions pane, choose Bindings
  4. In the Site Bindings window, choose Add (or Edit if an https binding already exists)
  5. From the Add/Edit Site Bindings window, provide the binding type
  6. From the SSL Certificate Drop-down select the SSL certificate that will be used for the site
  7. Click OK

Step 4: Verify certificate installation

  1. Stop and start your Web server prior to any testing
    Note: In some cases the changes may not take place after restarting IIS Services and a re-boot is needed.
  2. To verify if your certificate is installed correctly, use the GeoTrust Installation Checker