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ADM File Extension

Administrative Template Format

What is ADM file?

ADM filename suffix is mostly used for Administrative Template Format files. Files with ADM extension may be used by programs distributed for Windows platform. ADM file format, along with 323 other file formats, belongs to the System Files category. Microsoft Group Policy Object Editor is by far the most used program for working with ADM files.

Programs which support ADM file extension

Programs that can handle ADM files are as follows. ADM files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support ADM file

How to open file with ADM extension?

Problems with accessing ADM may be due to various reasons. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Administrative Template Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Get the Microsoft Group Policy Object Editor

Install software to open ADM file The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening ADM files is that no program that can handle ADM files is installed on user’s system. The solution to this problem is very simple. Download Microsoft Group Policy Object Editor and install it on your device. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support ADM files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Microsoft Group Policy Object Editor website and download the installer.

Step 2. Update Microsoft Group Policy Object Editor to the latest version

Update software that support file extension ADMIf the problems with opening ADM files still occur even after installing Microsoft Group Policy Object Editor, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Microsoft Group Policy Object Editor is available. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. The reason that Microsoft Group Policy Object Editor cannot handle files with ADM may be that the software is outdated. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Microsoft Group Policy Object Editor.

Step 3. Assign Microsoft Group Policy Object Editor to ADM files

If you have the latest version of Microsoft Group Policy Object Editor installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage ADM on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Associate software with ADM file on Windows

Change the default application in Windows

  • Clicking the ADM with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Microsoft Group Policy Object Editor is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open ADM files and clicking OK.
Associate software with ADM file on Mac

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with ADM extension, select Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select Microsoft Group Policy Object Editor and click Change for all...
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with ADM extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Ensure that the ADM file is complete and free of errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the ADM file is valid. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

Check ADM file for viruses
1. Verify that the ADM in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the ADM is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the ADM file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Ensure the file with ADM extension is complete and error-free

Did you receive the ADM file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. It could happen the the download process of file with ADM extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Administrative Template Format file again.

4. Check whether your system can handle Microsoft Group Policy Object Editor

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with ADM extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Administrative Template Format files. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with ADM files affecting older versions of given software.

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