PAF File Extension

PAF file icon
Personal Ancestral Format
  • Developer
    Intellectual Reserve
  • Popularity
    3.2 (5 votes)

What is PAF file?

Full format name of files that use PAF extension is Personal Ancestral Format. Personal Ancestral Format format was developed by Intellectual Reserve. PAF files are supported by software applications available for devices running Windows. PAF file format, along with 1258 other file formats, belongs to the Data Files category. The most popular program for handling PAF files is RootsMagic, but users can choose among 1 different programs that support this file format. Software named RootsMagic was created by RootsMagic, Inc.. In order to find more detailed information on the software and PAF files, check the developer’s official website.

Programs which support PAF file extension

Below is a table that list programs that support PAF files. Files with PAF 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 PAF file

How to open file with PAF extension?

Problems with accessing PAF may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with PAF 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 RootsMagic

The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening PAF files is that no program that can handle PAF files is installed on user’s system. This one is an easy one. Select RootsMagic or one of the recommended programs (for example, PAF) 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 RootsMagic website and download the installer.

Step 2. Check the version of RootsMagic and update if needed

If you already have RootsMagic installed on your systems and PAF 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. The reason that RootsMagic cannot handle files with PAF may be that the software is outdated. The latest version of RootsMagic should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign RootsMagic to PAF files

After installing RootsMagic (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open PAF files. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Change the default application in Windows

  • Right-click the PAF file and choose 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 RootsMagic installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open PAF files box and clicking OK button.

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the PAF file and select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select RootsMagic and click Change for all...
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with PAF extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Check the PAF for errors

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the PAF file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

1. Check the PAF file for viruses or malware

If the PAF 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 scanner detected that the PAF file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic PAF 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 PAF 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 Personal Ancestral Format file again.

4. Check whether your system can handle RootsMagic

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

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

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Personal Ancestral Format files. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle PAF files.

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