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.pif File Extension

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

what is a .pif file?

PIF files are executable files known as Program Information Files. This is because the information they contain is used by Windows when running a certain program. These information could be the exe file path, the amount of memory used, as ell as the program window size. MS DOS programs originally use PIF files and they serve as executable file shortcuts like an .LNK file. PIF stands for Program Information File, containing necessary instructions on how a DOS application should be executed in Windows. Using the ShellExecute function, PIF files can be analyzed by Microsoft Windows and can be run as executable programs. If a PIF file happens to be sent as an e-mail attachment, users should avoid opening these files as most of the time, they are used for the transmission of viruses and other scripts that are harmful to the system.

how to open a .pif file?

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

applications that open a .pif file

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows is a sequence of graphical interface operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Microsoft Corporation. Some of its features are: (1) Windows Live - is a group of tools and software for Windows’ use. Users can have access to Windows Live by making a free account. This includes a chat client, networking tools, a movie maker and photo gallery, and email and Internet functions. A user can select to download and utilize all of these programs, or only download a selection of them depending on needs; (2) Windows Search - is a search function included with Windows that permits the user to search for files by name, date and file, text within a file in case user cannot remember the document name, and the entire computer. Windows Search is located in the start menu; (3) Windows Updates – this includes an automatic update feature with the purpose of keeping its operating system safe and up-to-date. Security updates are fixed with this feature to help protect against new risks as well as to apply any software updates and bug fixes. Users can set this feature to check for new updates and install them directly or turn off the automatic update feature and check for updates manually on their own; and (4) Windows Taskbar - is the central navigation tool for Windows. It includes the Start Menu, which allows users to open programs and features. It also includes a clock, calendar, and program icons for things such as usually utilized programs and updates. The taskbar and the items displayed in it are customizable. It is located at the bottom of the screen by default, but can be moved to the top or sides of the screen if the user chooses. The company launched an operating setting named Windows on November 20, 1985 as an add-on to MS-DOS in response to the rising interest in graphical user interfaces (GUIs). Microsoft Windows came to rule the world's personal computer market with over 90% market share, overtaking Mac OS, which had been introduced in 1984. The most recent client version of Windows is Windows 7; the most recent server version is Windows Server 2012; the most recent mobile version is Windows Phone 7.5.

a word of warning

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