How to solve the Windows SSL bug

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I was reinstalling my Operating System and I needed to install software from Windows Update but I didn't want to validate my Windows Install yet, as I didn't run the activation process. So I downloaded some software from Microsoft's website and a tutorial said to delete keys in the registry to disable the access of Windows Genuine Advantage tool to the Microsoft's servers.

Unfortunately, I deleted all my SSL certificates and my computer didn't load any SSL websites. Google Chrome gave me the following error.

You attempted to reach [website], but the server presented a certificate issued by an entity that is not trusted by your computer's operating system. This may mean that the server has generated its own security credentials, which Chrome cannot rely on for identity information, or an attacker may be trying to intercept your communications.

You should not proceed, especially if you have never seen this warning before for this site.

Solution for Windows 2000/XP/2003

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Internet Options
  • Content
  • Clear SSL State

Solution for Windows Vista/7

  • Start
  • Search for "Internet Options"
  • Confirm access if asked
  • Content
  • Clear SSL State

Solution for Windows 8/8.1/Blue

  • Open the Charms bar
  • Select Search
  • For Windows 8 select Settings
  • Search for "Internet Options"
  • Confirm access if asked
  • Content
  • Clear SSL State

This post was last updated on October 2nd, 2013.