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[WSA ] Build and Run does not launch an UWP build when using VS2017 Update 4 with a password protected certificate

Steps to reproduce:
1. Create a project
2. Switch platform to Windows Store
3. Create a password protected certificate
4. Build and Run
5. Observe the exception

Expected result: Build and Run should launch an app
Actual result: Editor throws the exception

Reproduced with: 5.6.4p4, 2017.1.3f1, 2017.2.1p2, 2017.3.0f3, 2018.1.0b2

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    Resolution Note:

    If a certificate is created with a password, only a person knowing the password can use it. Visual Studio doesn't know the password, so it cannot use it. Visual studio even outputs what to do in this case:

    Cannot import the key file 'WSATestCertificate.pfx'. The key file may be password protected. To correct this, try to import the certificate manually into the current user's personal certificate store.

    Another workaround would be to create a certificate without a password.

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