BDB File Extension

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Microsoft Works Database Backup Format
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What is BDB file?

BDB is a file extension commonly associated with Microsoft Works Database Backup Format files. Microsoft defined the Microsoft Works Database Backup Format format standard. BDB file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Windows system platform. Files with BDB extension are categorized as Backup Files files. The Backup Files subset comprises 174 various file formats. Users are advised to use Microsoft Works software for managing BDB files, although 1 other programs can also handle this type of file. Software named Microsoft Works was created by Microsoft Corporation. In order to find more detailed information on the software and BDB files, check the developer’s official website.

Programs which support BDB file extension

Programs that can handle BDB files are as follows. Files with BDB extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

Programs that support BDB file

How to open file with BDB extension?

Being unable to open files with BDB extension can be have various origins. Fortunately, most common problems with BDB files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Download and install Microsoft Works

Problems with opening and working with BDB files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with BDB files being present on your machine. This one is an easy one. Select Microsoft Works or one of the recommended programs (for example, Microsoft Access) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. The safest method of downloading Microsoft Works installed is by going to developer’s website (Microsoft Corporation) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Update Microsoft Works to the latest version

If you already have Microsoft Works installed on your systems and BDB files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. If you have an older version of Microsoft Works installed, it may not support BDB format. 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 Works.

Step 3. Assign Microsoft Works to BDB files

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate BDB files with latest version of Microsoft Works you have installed on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Clicking the BDB with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where Microsoft Works is installed, check the Always use this app to open BDB files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • Right-click the BDB file and select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with BDB extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Verify that the BDB is not faulty

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

1. Verify that the BDB in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the BDB file hinders attempts to open it. Scan the BDB file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. BDB file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

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

If you obtained the problematic BDB file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. It could happen the the download process of file with BDB extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Check whether your system can handle Microsoft Works

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

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Microsoft Works Database Backup Format file. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle BDB files.

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