PARTIAL File Extension

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Internet Explorer Partially Downloaded Format
  • Developer
    Microsoft
  • Category
  • Popularity
    3.4 (12 votes)

What is PARTIAL file?

PARTIAL file extension is used for partially downloaded files by Internet Explorer 9 (and later) and Microsoft Edge web browsers. As the name suggests, PARTIAL file stores only a part of downloaded (or currently downloading) file.

Temporary file PARTIAL

PARTIAL is a file for which download process was paused or canceled. Download process can be resumed by clicking the file. PARTIAL is only a temporary extension that will be removed when download process is finished and the file checksum is verified.

PARTIAL files – mostly unusable

PARTIAL file as such is unusable. However, some files, such as audio or video files, can be played partially even if they are incomplete.

PARTIAL files are named after original files with added code and suffix, for example, audio.mp3.iqzox9.partial (where iqzox9.partial is the added code and suffix, and audio.mp3 is the original file). After the download is complete, browser automatically removes the appended compound part.

Programs which support PARTIAL file extension

Programs that can handle PARTIAL files are as follows. Files with PARTIAL 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 PARTIAL file

How to open file with PARTIAL extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening PARTIAL files on given system. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Internet Explorer Partially Downloaded Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Get the Microsoft Internet Explorer

The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports PARTIAL files installed on the system. To address this issue, go to the Microsoft Internet Explorer developer website, download the tool, and install it. It is that easy 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 Internet Explorer website and download the installer.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Microsoft Internet Explorer

If the problems with opening PARTIAL files still occur even after installing Microsoft Internet Explorer, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Microsoft Internet Explorer is available. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. This can be one of the causes why PARTIAL files are not compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer. The latest version of Microsoft Internet Explorer should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign Microsoft Internet Explorer to PARTIAL files

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate PARTIAL files with latest version of Microsoft Internet Explorer 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

  • Right-click the PARTIAL file and choose Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where Microsoft Internet Explorer is installed, check the Always use this app to open PARTIAL 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 PARTIAL file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with PARTIAL extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Verify that the PARTIAL 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 PARTIAL file. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

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

If the PARTIAL 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 PARTIAL file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

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

Did you receive the PARTIAL file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. 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 PARTIAL 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. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Internet Explorer Partially Downloaded Format file again.

4. Check whether your system can handle Microsoft Internet Explorer

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

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

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Internet Explorer Partially Downloaded Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with PARTIAL files affecting older versions of given software.

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