[Gpg4win-users-en] Reinstall programs problems.

Andrew Gallagher andrewg at andrewg.com
Thu May 21 12:03:54 CEST 2020

On 17/05/2020 22:39, Phil Kane wrote:
> Recently I had to do a clean reload of Windows 10 on Computer 2.
> Now Computer 1 can send encrypted messages to that computer and they
> are decrypted, but if I attempt to send an encrypted message from
> Computer 2 I get an error box that says "You do not seem to have the
> secret key for [addressee] on your key ring. you cannot use the key
> for signing."

In Kleopatra on computer 2, right-click on your own key and choose
"Details". Are all the identities marked as "ultimate"? If not, tick
them and try again.

> How do I get the "secret key" from Computer 1 - the latest versions
> of the programs do not have the former "key ring" format files, or is
> the only solution to generate a new pair for Computer 2?

Presuming that you are using a strong passphrase on your secret keys, it
should be sufficient to use Kleopatra on computer 1 to export the secret
key(s) to a USB drive. Go to the list of keys, right-click on the key
you want to transfer, select "export secret keys" and save on the USB
drive. Then you can import them using Kleopatra on computer 2.

Andrew Gallagher

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