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PGP Desktop v 9.x Private Key Recovery

Created: 20 Apr 2013 • Updated: 20 Apr 2013 | 2 comments
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I have a PC running Windows XP with PGP Desktop v 9.x, The PC recently failed due to a bad mother board. The HD itself is fine, so I have full access to all of its contents. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of never exporting the PGP Private Key as a back-up. So my question is this, is there some way to recover the PGP Private Key directly from the HD without having to boot Windows XP to run PGP Desktop?

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Tom Mc's picture

You can copy your private key ring:

%USERPROFILE%\My Documents\PGPsecring.skr

And then import your key from it.  You should then go to your key in All Keys and set Trust as Implicit.

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InOut's picture


Thank you ever so much!

I was actually worried there for a moment.  smiley