PKEY File Extension

PKEY file icon
PowerKey Encrypted Format
  • Developer
    Elcor Software
  • Popularity
    2.3 (3 votes)

What is PKEY file?

PKEY filename suffix is mostly used for PowerKey Encrypted Format files. PowerKey Encrypted Format specification was created by Elcor Software. PKEY file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Windows system platform. PKEY file format, along with 76 other file formats, belongs to the Encoded Files category. The software recommended for managing PKEY files is PowerKey. On the official website of Elcor Software developer not only will you find detailed information about thePowerKey software, but also about PKEY and other supported file formats.

Programs which support PKEY file extension

Programs that can handle PKEY files are as follows. PKEY files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support PKEY file

Windows Windows

How to open file with PKEY extension?

Problems with accessing PKEY may be due to various reasons. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to PowerKey Encrypted 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. Download and install PowerKey

The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening PKEY files is that no program that can handle PKEY files is installed on user’s system. To address this issue, go to the PowerKey developer website, download the tool, and install it. It is that easy Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support PKEY files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit PowerKey website and download the installer.

Step 2. Update PowerKey to the latest version

If the problems with opening PKEY files still occur even after installing PowerKey, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of PowerKey is available. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. The reason that PowerKey cannot handle files with PKEY may be that the software is outdated. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using PowerKey.

Step 3. Assign PowerKey to PKEY files

If you have the latest version of PowerKey installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage PKEY on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the PKEY with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • 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 PowerKey is installed, check the Always use this app to open PKEY files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with PKEY extension, select Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with PKEY extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

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

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

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the PKEY 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 PKEY file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic PKEY file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. 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 PKEY file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

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 PowerKey Encrypted Format file again.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open PowerKey

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

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

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with PowerKey Encrypted 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 PKEY files affecting older versions of given software.

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