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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS
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.
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.
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.
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.
If the systems has insufficient resources to open RNK files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.
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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