[Gpg4win-users-en] Certificate creation and storage (Re: Gpg4win-users-en Digest, Vol 95, Issue 1)

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at intevation.de
Wed Sep 3 13:03:19 CEST 2014

Hi Martin,

On Tuesday 02 September 2014 at 12:04:00, martin Hennegriff wrote:
> I installed gpg4win on my PC. At the end, my Certificate creation was
> process complete. 

first: Thanks for trying Gpg4win! :)

> At the prior following step:
> Creating a backup copy of your (private) certificate...
> Enter the path under which your full certificate (which contains your new
> key pair, hence the private and public key) should be exported:
> Kleopatra will automatically select the file type and store your
> certificate as an .asc or.gpg file – depending on whether you activate or
> deactivate the ASCII armor option. I unchecked the file type as an .asc.
> Hence it’s not readable w/ an editor. Since I’m a beginner I was wondering,
> if you could help me.
> Q1: Is there a way that I can “change” this?

You could export your full certificte again and this time use the different 
armor option.

Note that the armor option does not change the real contents of the
file, just how the contents is encoded.
  .gpg is the OpenPGP binary data 
  .asc means, the same OpenPGP binary data is basically base64 encoded.
> In order to solve this problem, I attempted to uninstall the program
> gpg4win from my PC. After I started it again, I went through the
> installation procedure. Then I saw, that the Certificate creation was
> already process complete.

On purpose a deinstallation of the software will not erase the data
that you have created with the software, called the user data. 
(Just imagine a drawing application would delete your pictures when you 
deinstall or update it. :o ;) )

> Q2: Are there some residual data on my PC. If yes, how can I get rid of
> them? 

Check here:

"User-specific and system-wide application file folders with the configuration 
settings below will not be deleted:

* User-specific GnuPG application data
in %APPDATA%\gnupg, generally corresponds with file folder: 
C:\Documents and settings\<Benutzername>\Application data\gnupg\
This gnupg file folder contains all personal GnuPG information, hence private 
certificates, trust settings and program configurations.

* System-wide GnuPG application data
in %COMMON_APPDATA%\GNU, usually corresponds with file folder: 
C:\Documents and settings\All Users\Application data\GNU\


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