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 320 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 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.
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.
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.
If 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problems with opening PCI files still occur even after installing Microsoft Windows, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software.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.
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.
The procedure to change the default program in Windows
The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS
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.
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.
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.
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.
If the systems has insufficient resources to open PCI files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.
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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