How To: Import DPAPI Key

Applies to: 18.x

Additional Information: 

This is not best practice for rotating DPAPI keys. Typically used for troubleshooting purposes.


  1. Open up Registry Edit
  2. Navigate to HKEY local machine\ software\venafi\platforms
  3. Right click in the key entry window
  4. Select new string value
  5. Name the key Start Wizard (Make sure to include the space)
  6. Hit Enter
  7. Right click modify
  8. Value of the string is FirstTime (No space)
  9. Click okay
  10. Open up VCC
    1. VCC should run as if it is the first time running 
  11. In the VCC wizard, you will then be able to import the key when prompted
  12. Done



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