I enabled HTTPS on the Apache server (2.2.15) Windows 7 Enterprise by uncommenting:

Include /private/etc/apache2/extra/httpd-ssl.conf

in C:\Program Files (x86)\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\conf\httpd.conf and modifying C:\Program Files (x86)\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\conf\httpd-ssl.conf to include:

DocumentRoot "C:/Program Files (x86)/Apache Software Foundation/Apache2.2/htdocs"

ServerName myserver.com:443

ServerAdmin admin@dot.com ...

SSLCertificateFile "SSLCertificateFile "C:/Program Files (x86)/Apache Software Foundation/Apache2.2/conf/cert.pem

SSLCertificateKeyFile "SSLCertificateFile "C:/Program Files (x86)/Apache Software Foundation/Apache2.2/conf/key.pem"

Then I restart apache (going to start->All Progranms->Apache Server 2.2->Control->restart) and go to localhost on port 443 in Firefox , where I get:

<title>Index of /</title>
<h1>Index of /</h1>
<ul><li><a href="MyPageLinks/"> Links/</a></li>

But on Display of WebPage I see: Unable to connect
Firefox can't establish a connection to the server at localhost. *The site could be temporarily unavailable or too busy. Try again in a few moments. *If you are unable to load any pages, check your computer's network onnection. *If your computer or network is protected by a firewall or proxy, make sure that Firefox is permitted to access the Web.

I read: Why am I getting 403 Forbidden after enabling HTTPS for Apache on Mac OS X? and added default web server configuration block to match my DocumentRoot

The error Log C:\Program Files (x86)\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\logs\error.log gives following error: The Apache2.2 service is running. (OS 5)Access is denied. : Init: Can't open server certificate file C:/Program Files (x86)/Apache Software Foundation/Apache2.2/conf/cert.pem

I checked the permissions for cert.pem and it indicates: All the permissions (Full control, Read, Read and modify, execute, Write) are marked for Admin and I am currently logged in as Admin.

I tried using oldcert.pem and oldkey.pem on the same server and it works fine.

Is there anything that I missed?


The certs that I was using had attribute "Encrypt contents to secure data" enabled. Hence the Apache was not able to read the contents.

I disabled the attribute by right clicking -> properties-> Advanced and removing the check to Encrypt contents to secure data

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