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.pck File Extension

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

what is a .pck file?

Files with the PCK extension are system files developed by Microsoft. They are mostly known as System Center Configuration Manager Package Files because they are mainly used by System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) wherein this application is necessary when it comes to administering large groups of Windows computer systems. PCK files refer to the update package for storing system and application files which is why these files are needed to update client systems. The distribution of PCK files requires the SCCM software to build a compressed PCK file first together with the source files and after that, to send it to a Distribution Point (DP) computer. This distribution point is what allows available packages to be downloaded by registered client computers in order for the software to be updated. Aside from the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, the Microsoft Preload Package Tool can also be used to open PCK files. This software is useful for the manual installation of compressed copies of software distribution package source files.

how to open a .pck file?

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

applications that open a .pck file

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager helps to empower individuals to employ the devices and applications they need to be productive, while upholding corporate compliance and control. It accomplishes this with a unified infrastructure that provides a single pane of glass to manage virtual, physical, and mobile clients. It also gives tools and development that make it easier for IT administrators to do their jobs. System Center Configuration Manager, formerly Systems Management Server (SMS), is systems management software designed by Microsoft for managing large groups of Windows-based computer systems. Configuration Manager gives remote control, software distribution, patches management, network access protection, operating system deployment, and hardware and software inventory. Files with the PCK extension are commonly known as System Center Configuration Manager Package Files because they are primarily utilized by System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) wherein this application is essential when it comes to administering large groups of Windows computer systems. Aside from the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, the Microsoft Preload Package Tool can also be utilized to open PCK files. This software is helpful for the manual installation of condensed copies of software distribution package source files.
Microsoft Preload Package Tool

Microsoft Preload Package Tool

Microsoft Preload Package Tool (PreloadPkgOnSite.exe) is utilized to manually install condensed copies of software distribution package source files into Configuration Manager 2007 sites. A message status is sent up the site in pecking order indicating the presence of the new package source files after package source files are installed. This prohibits sites higher in the hierarchy from copying package source files over the network when distribution points at child site are selected to host software distribution package content that has already been preloaded on them. Files created on generated from this tool have a .pck extension. They are mostly known as System Center Configuration Manager Package Files because they are primarily utilized by System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) wherein this application is necessary when it comes to administering large groups of Windows computer systems. Aside from the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, the Microsoft Preload Package Tool can also be utilized to open PCK files. This software is helpful for the manual installation of compressed copies of software distribution package source files.

a word of warning

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