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.menc File Extension

Developer: Microsoft
File type: Windows Mobile Encrypted File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .menc. Files with the file extension .menc can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .menc files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .menc file?

MENC files are developed by Microsoft as they are used as Windows Mobile Encrypted Files. They are mainly used by Windows mobile devices and categorized as data files. MENC files are found on removable media cards and they usually contain either the original file or the additional header information’s encrypted version. These files are responsible for allowing secure file storage for external storage cards. MENC files are written with the filename, which is the name of the original file; a GUID in the middle that serves as a generated key that tells the encryption filter if the file can be decrypted or not; and lastly the file extension MENC. With this, the file comes out as FILENAME.GUID.menc. The device that created the file can decrypt MENC files and this allows these files to be transferred to a PC with the use of Windows ActiveSync or Windows Mobile Device Center. Since MENC files are encrypted files, they usually cannot be opened or read unless the MENC file extension is hidden.

how to open a .menc file?

Launch a .menc file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .menc file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .menc files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .menc file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .menc file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .menc file association errors

applications that open a .menc file

Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Center

Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Center

Microsoft created MENC files for Windows Mobile Encrypted Files use. It is categorized as data files and primarily intended for Windows Mobile Devices. MENC files can be seen on removable media cards and normally contain the original file or the additional header information of the encrypted version. These files permit file storage security for external storage cards. Usually, these files are written with the original filename, a GUID in the middle as the generated key that communicates with the encryption filter whether the file can be decrypted or not, and with the MENC file extension. The output will be FILENAME.GUID.MENC. With Windows Active Sync or Windows Mobile Device Center, the device that generates the file is able to decrypt MENC files and able to transfer it to a personal computer. MENC files can’t be accessed or read, not until the MENC file extension is hidden because it is considered as encrypted files.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .menc files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .menc. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.
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