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MSC File Extension

Microsoft Management Console Snap-in Control Format
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What is MSC file?

Full format name of files that use MSC extension is Microsoft Management Console Snap-in Control Format. Microsoft Management Console Snap-in Control Format format was developed by Microsoft. MSC files are supported by software applications available for devices running Windows. MSC file format, along with 320 other file formats, belongs to the System Files category. Users are advised to use Microsoft Management Console software for managing MSC files, although 5 other programs can also handle this type of file. Microsoft Management Console software was developed by Microsoft Corporation, and on its official website you may find more information about MSC files or the Microsoft Management Console software program.

Programs which support MSC file extension

The following listing features MSC-compatible programs. MSC files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

How to open file with MSC extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening MSC files on given system. Fortunately, most common problems with MSC files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with MSC files.

Step 1. Install Microsoft Management Console software

Install software to open MSC file Problems with opening and working with MSC files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with MSC files being present on your machine. This one is an easy one. Select Microsoft Management Console or one of the recommended programs (for example, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Windows 8, Windows Notepad) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Microsoft Management Console website and download the installer.

Step 2. Check the version of Microsoft Management Console and update if needed

Update software that support file extension MSCYou still cannot access MSC files although Microsoft Management Console is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. If you have an older version of Microsoft Management Console installed, it may not support MSC 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 Management Console.

Step 3. Set the default application to open MSC files to Microsoft Management Console

After installing Microsoft Management Console (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open MSC files. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Associate software with MSC file on Windows

Change the default application in Windows

  • Clicking the MSC with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where Microsoft Management Console is installed, check the Always use this app to open MSC files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button
Associate software with MSC file on Mac

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the MSC file and select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select Microsoft Management Console and click Change for all...
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with MSC extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Verify that the MSC is not faulty

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the MSC file in question. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

Check MSC file for viruses
1. Check the MSC file for viruses or malware

Should it happed that the MSC is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Scan the MSC file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the scanner detected that the MSC file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

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

If you obtained the problematic MSC file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. 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 MSC 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

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open Microsoft Management Console

If the systems has insufficient resources to open MSC files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

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

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Microsoft Management Console Snap-in Control Format file. It may be the case that the MSC files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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