A 286 file extension is associated with the Microsoft Windows 3.x operating environment. A 286 file stores virtual device driver.

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286 file extension - Microsoft Windows virtual device driver

What is 286 file? How to open 286 files?

File type specification:

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286 file icon: 286 filetype icon

The 286 file extension is used by Microsoft Windows 3.x a 16-bit operating environment for MS-DOS operating system, released in 1992.

The .286 file contains virtual device driver for Microsoft Windows standard mode.

This 286 file type entry was marked as obsolete and no longer supported file format.

This type of file is no longer actively used and is most likely obsolete. This is typically the case for system files in old operating systems, file types from long discontinued software, or previous versions of certain file types (like documents, projects etc.) that were replaced in higher versions of their original programs.

The default software associated to 286 file type:

Microsoft Windows 3.x icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Windows 3.x  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Windows 3.X is a popular operating system used in early 90s with graphical user interface and multitasking. The first version (3.0) was released in 1990 and last version (3.11 for Workgroups) in 1993. Windows 3.X is not independent operating system like Windows NT core based systems, but it need pre-installed MS-DOS system to run. It was the first version of Windows that uses virtual device drivers (VXD) and virtual memory features. In 1995 was replaced by Windows 95.

Help how to open 286 files:

This file type is not meant to be opened directly, there is no software that could open and work with it directly, or there is no information available in public sources about opening this file type. This is usually the case of some internal data files, caches, temporary files etc.

How to convert file with extension 286:

As far as we know, this .286 file type can't be converted to any other file format. This is usually the case of system, configuration, temporary, or data files containing data exclusive to only one software and used for its own purposes. Also some proprietary or closed file formats cannot be converted to more common file types in order to protect the intellectual property of the developer, which is for example the case of some DRM-protected multimedia files.

List of recommended software applications associated to the .286 file extension

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Unspecified and all other actions for computer programs working with 286 file - Microsoft Windows virtual device driver

Click on the software link for more information about Microsoft Windows 3.x. Microsoft Windows 3.x uses 286 file type for its internal purposes and/or also by different way than common edit or open file actions (eg. to install/execute/support an application itself, to store application or user data, configure program etc.).

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