This article describes how to update a PGP key pair with a new name or email address. This pertains to PGP Desktop 8.x running on Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000, and XP platforms.
When you obtain a new email address or would like to change the name of your PGP Keypair, you will need to add a new name, set it as the primary name, and remove your old name (if desired). This is accomplished through these steps:
Open the PGPtray icon (padlock in system tray) and click PGPkeys.
Locate your key pair. This cannot be a public key as public keys cannot be updated of themselves.
Click on it and select the Keys Menu (you may also right click on the key pair).
Point to Add with your mouse and click Name.
Type in the new Name and Email Address. Click OK.
Type in the original Passphrase of the key pair. Click OK.
The new name and email address (UserID) will then be added to the key pair. It will appear as a new yellow envelope. If it is not visible, expand your key pair by clicking the + sign next to the golden key.
Right click on the new User ID and click Set as Primary Name. You will notice that the new User ID you created is displayed next to the golden key icon now.
Note: You may delete the old User ID if you desire by right clicking on the old User ID, and selecting delete. The updated key can now be sent out to your contacts, and public keyservers can be updated as well.
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