PAE File Extension

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PowerArchiver Encrypted Archive
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What is PAE file?

Full format name of files that use PAE extension is PowerArchiver Encrypted Archive. ConeXware defined the PowerArchiver Encrypted Archive format standard. PAE files are supported by software applications available for devices running Windows. PAE file belongs to the Compressed Files category just like 189 other filename extensions listed in our database. The software recommended for managing PAE files is PowerArchiver. Software named PowerArchiver was created by ConeXware, Inc.. In order to find more detailed information on the software and PAE files, check the developer’s official website.

Programs which support PAE file extension

The following listing features PAE-compatible programs. Files with PAE suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support PAE file

How to open file with PAE extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening PAE files on given system. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to PowerArchiver Encrypted Archive 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 PAE files.

Step 1. Install PowerArchiver software

Problems with opening and working with PAE files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with PAE files being present on your machine. The solution to this problem is very simple. Download PowerArchiver and install it on your device. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. The safest method of downloading PowerArchiver installed is by going to developer’s website (ConeXware, Inc.) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of PowerArchiver

If you already have PowerArchiver installed on your systems and PAE files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. This can be one of the causes why PAE files are not compatible with PowerArchiver. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using PowerArchiver.

Step 3. Assign PowerArchiver to PAE files

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate PAE files with latest version of PowerArchiver you have installed on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the PAE file
  • 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 PowerArchiver is installed, check the Always use this app to open PAE files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected PAE file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select PowerArchiver and click Change for all...
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with PAE extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Verify that the PAE is not faulty

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper PAE file. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

1. The PAE may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

Should it happed that the PAE is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the PAE file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

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

Did you receive the PAE 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 PAE 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 out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the PowerArchiver Encrypted Archive file.

4. Check whether your system can handle PowerArchiver

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support PAE files. Close all running programs and try opening the PAE file.

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 PowerArchiver Encrypted Archive files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the PAE files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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