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PCI File Extension

PCI Miniport
  • Developer
    Microsoft Corporation
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    4.5 (2 votes)

What is PCI file?

Full format name of files that use PCI extension is PCI Miniport. PCI Miniport specification was created by Microsoft Corporation. Files with PCI extension may be used by programs distributed for Windows platform. Files with PCI extension are categorized as System Files files. The System Files subset comprises 323 various file formats. Microsoft Windows is by far the most used program for working with PCI files. Microsoft Windows software was developed by Microsoft Corporation, and on its official website you may find more information about PCI files or the Microsoft Windows software program.

Programs which support PCI file extension

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

How to open file with PCI extension?

Being unable to open files with PCI extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with PCI extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Get the Microsoft Windows

Install software to open PCI file Problems with opening and working with PCI files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with PCI files being present on your machine. To address this issue, go to the Microsoft Windows developer website, download the tool, and install it. It is that easy 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. Update Microsoft Windows to the latest version

Update software that support file extension PCIIf the problems with opening PCI files still occur even after installing Microsoft Windows, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Microsoft Windows is available. 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 PCI 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 Windows.

Step 3. Assign Microsoft Windows to PCI files

After installing Microsoft Windows (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open PCI files. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

Associate software with PCI file on Windows

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 PCI file
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where Microsoft Windows is installed, check the Always use this app to open PCI files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button
Associate software with PCI file on Mac

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with PCI extension, select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with PCI extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Ensure that the PCI file is complete and free of errors

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 PCI file. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

Check PCI file for viruses
1. The PCI may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the PCI file hinders attempts to open it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the scanner detected that the PCI file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Verify that the PCI file’s structure is intact

Did you receive the PCI 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. If the PCI file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the PCI Miniport file again.

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

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

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with PCI Miniport 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 PCI files affecting older versions of given software.

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