HOW TO: Use the PGP Desktop Setup Assistant for Windows


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This article describes how to use the PGP Desktop Setup Assistant for Windows.

After successfully installing and rebooting the system, the PGP Setup Assistant runs automatically. The PGP Setup Assistant is designed to help you license and quickly configure several basic functions of PGP Desktop.


Note: If you have reinstalled PGP Desktop on a computer that already had PGP Desktop installed, it is normal for the PGP Setup Assistant not to appear after you restart your computer. This is because PGP Desktop is designed to automatically find and re-use your previous settings, license, and keyrings.


Enable User Account

Once the PGP Desktop Setup Assistant appears, you will be asked to enable PGP Desktop for the current user account. To do so, select Yes, and then click Next.


Note: If the PGP Setup Assistant did not appear, click Start > Programs > PGP > PGP Desktop to run the PGP Setup Assistant.



For this section you will need your PGP License Number. Locate the license number within your PGP order confirmation email. It will be listed in the attached .PDF file. If you do not own a license, select "Skip" and proceed with the next section. Clicking "Skip" at this point will allow you to use all functionality of PGP Desktop for a trial period of 30 days (non-commercial use only)--after which most functionality will be disabled.

Enter Licensing Information

1. Click Next on the initial License Assistant screen.
2. Enter the Name and Organization. Multi-seat licenses require that the same name and organization be entered exactly the same on all systems.
3. Enter the email address you would like to assign to the license. This should be an email which can be used to obtain licensing information at a future date, should the need arise.
4. Confirm the email address by entering it in again, and then click Next.
5. Enter your 28-character License Number in the spaces provided.


Tip: Copy and paste the license number to avoid any typographic errors. The number will paste completely when the cursor is placed in the first field.

Then click Next.

6. Once the license number has been successfully authorized, a window will be displayed showing the features enabled by your license number.


User Type

This section is offered to allow you to create new keyrings, or to assist you in selecting old keyrings if you are not a new user of PGP.

1. If you are a new user of PGP, select the option I am a new user and select Next.
2. If you already have keyrings from a previous install, select the option I have used PGP before and I have existing keys. This means that you have existing public and private keyring files you wish to use. Click Next. You will then be given the opportunity to browse to the keyring files location for both the public and private keyrings as mentioned above.


Note: If you have the keyring files stored in a location other than %USERPROFILE%\My Documents\PGP (default PGP keyrings folder), you may select the option to Copy these keyrings to the default PGP folder. Check the box to copy these keyrings to the default folder.


Key Generation

If you are a new user, proceed with the steps detailed in this section. If you already have keyrings that you are using, skip this section.

New PGP keys are generated as follows:

1. When the PGP Key Generation Assistant appears, click Next. If you would like to generate the key on a token, make certain the token is inserted, and check the box before clicking Next.
2. Enter a Full Name. This will be the name you want to associate with your key.
3. Enter a Primary Email address. Click More if you wish to enter additional email addresses that will be added to the key.
4. Click Next.
5. Assign a Passphrase to your key. This Passphrase should be strong enough that it cant be guessed, but not so difficult that you will not be able to remember the passphrase. Note the show keystrokes box to help you view the typing. Click Next.
6. Click Next after the key is generated successfully.


Global Directory

After a key is generated, the Key Selection box should appear. This box will allow you to publish a key of your choosing to the PGP Global Directory. For additional information on the Global Directory, please refer to the Global Directory documents on this website. To publish a PGP key to the PGP Global Directory, follow these steps:

1. Select the Key you wish to publish to the Global Directory from the list provided and click Next. You may publish additional keys at any time.
2. Enter the passphrase for the key you are publishing and click Next. NOTE: If you do not receive an Enter Passphrase box, you will only need to proceed with the next step. This means your key was recently created and/or the passphrase is cached.
3. After the key is successfully uploaded to the server, click Next.



An exciting addition to the desktop product line, PGP Messaging can automatically detect and secure your email accounts as well as instant messaging (AIM).


  1. To enable automatic detection of email accounts and encryption of AIM communications, select the corresponding boxes at the bottom of the introduction screen and click Next.
  2. Review the default encryption policies that are setup for you. If you wish to see how those policies were setup, click Details next to the policy you would like to view.