.DAT File Extension

Developer:
Microsoft
File Type:
Windows Registry Hive File
Popularity:

Having trouble opening .dat extension? Don't panic! This page explains what dat files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open dat files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is a DAT file?

Dat file extension has Windows Registry Hive file type, developed by Microsoft, which is associated with the "system files" category.

Typically used by the Microsoft Windows registry component, the file stores data related to the user-level registry or the system itself. This may include account settings, passwords, etc.

To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

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Developer:
Microsoft
File Type:
Windows Registry Hive File
Category:
System Files
Format:
Binary

How to open DAT file?

Double click the dat file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .dat extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the dat extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".
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Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the dat file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open DAT files

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the dat file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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