INF_LOC File Extension

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Windows Driver Information Cache Format
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What is INF_LOC file?

INF_LOC filename suffix is mostly used for Windows Driver Information Cache Format files. Windows Driver Information Cache Format format was developed by Microsoft. INF_LOC files are supported by software applications available for devices running Windows. Files with INF_LOC extension are categorized as System Files files. The System Files subset comprises 298 various file formats. Microsoft Windows is by far the most used program for working with INF_LOC files. On the official website of Microsoft Corporation developer not only will you find detailed information about theMicrosoft Windows software, but also about INF_LOC and other supported file formats.

Programs which support INF_LOC file extension

Below is a table that list programs that support INF_LOC files. INF_LOC files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support INF_LOC file

How to open file with INF_LOC extension?

Problems with accessing INF_LOC may be due to various reasons. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Windows Driver Information Cache Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with INF_LOC files.

Step 1. Download and install Microsoft Windows

The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening INF_LOC files is that no program that can handle INF_LOC files is installed on user’s system. The solution to this problem is very simple. Download Microsoft Windows and install it on your device. 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 Windows installed is by going to developer’s website (Microsoft Corporation) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Microsoft Windows

If you already have Microsoft Windows installed on your systems and INF_LOC 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 Windows installed, it may not support INF_LOC format. The most recent version of Microsoft Windows is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign Microsoft Windows to INF_LOC files

If you have the latest version of Microsoft Windows installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage INF_LOC on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Clicking the INF_LOC 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
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the Microsoft Windows installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open INF_LOC files box and clicking OK button.

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected INF_LOC file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select Microsoft Windows and click Change for all...
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with INF_LOC extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Verify that the INF_LOC is not faulty

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

1. Check the INF_LOC file for viruses or malware

If the INF_LOC is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the INF_LOC file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If the INF_LOC file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. 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. If the INF_LOC file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Windows Driver Information Cache Format file.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run Microsoft Windows

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

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Windows Driver Information Cache Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle INF_LOC files.

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