RNK File Extension

RNK file icon
Dial-up Shortcut
  • Developer
    Microsoft Corporation
  • Category
  • Popularity
    3.7 (4 votes)

What is RNK file?

Full format name of files that use RNK extension is Dial-up Shortcut. Microsoft Corporation defined the Dial-up Shortcut format standard. RNK file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Windows system platform. Files with RNK extension are categorized as Web Files files. The Web Files subset comprises 303 various file formats. The software recommended for managing RNK files is Microsoft Windows. Software named Microsoft Windows was created by Microsoft Corporation. In order to find more detailed information on the software and RNK files, check the developer’s official website.

Programs which support RNK file extension

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

How to open file with RNK extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening RNK files on given system. What is important, all common issues related to files with RNK extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Install Microsoft Windows software

Problems with opening and working with RNK files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with RNK 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 Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support RNK files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. 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. Check the version of Microsoft Windows and update if needed

You still cannot access RNK files although Microsoft Windows is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. This can be one of the causes why RNK files are not compatible with Microsoft Windows. 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 RNK files

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

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Clicking the RNK with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Microsoft Windows is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open RNK files and clicking OK.

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected RNK file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • 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 RNK extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

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

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the RNK file in question. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

1. The RNK may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

If the RNK is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. Scan the RNK file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. RNK file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

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

If you obtained the problematic RNK 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. When downloading the file with RNK extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Dial-up Shortcut file.

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

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

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

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Dial-up Shortcut file. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle RNK files.

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