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.msc File Extension

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

what is a .msc file?

The MSC file extension is a snap-in control file associated with Microsoft Management Console which was developed by Microsoft Corporation. Files affixed with this extension are also known as Microsoft Saved Console Files. Microsoft Management Console allows user to customize the console or modules to hold snap -ins. It is used to configure and monitor Windows computer systems. The snap in contains a program that provides additional administration management like device management, system monitoring and disk defragmentation. A snap-in can hold additional snap-in extension. Users can create and customize MSC files to publish a collection of tools or utilities to other users through email, network sharing or web posting. It can also be assigned to other networks, users, and groups with policy settings. System administrators may provide restrictions by customization. In case MMC fails to complete a normal shut down, the SMS.msc file may be removed from the system. Files in MSC format can be opened with Microsoft Windows Server in Microsoft Windows platforms.

how to open a .msc file?

Launch a .msc 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 .msc 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 .msc files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .msc file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .msc file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .msc file association errors

applications that open a .msc file

Microsoft Management Console

Microsoft Management Console

The Microsoft Management Console or MMC is an integrated presentation service in Windows 2000/XP/Vista. Application developers use it to interface with their management programs. MMC is part of the Microsoft Platform SDK, which is accessible online for downloads and for general use. Developers can extend the functionality and usability of the management console through installation of snap-ins that automate tasks in management services. MMC has a snap-in manager that connects to the design elements of the user interface and also works with other snap-ins. The snap-ins consists of stand-alone applications and extension snap-ins. The console's snap-ins may extend the namespace and context menu with additional items enumerated in each node. Snap-ins can use MMC to extend or create a toolbar. Meanwhile, snap-ins use MMC nodes to add property pages to property sheets. Lastly, snap-ins can use two MMC commands to deliver HTML help files to users.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .msc 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, .msc. 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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