File Extension DRV

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    Microsoft Windows Device Driver
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Have you encountered a problem with a DRV file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a DRV file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your DRV file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is DRV file?

DRV files are driver files for the operating system Microsoft Windows. The primary purpose of the DRV files is to establish and communicate with Windows and hardware devices, for example via PCIe or USB.

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The DRV files contain commands and parameters for how the operating system and the connected device should communicate with each other. They are also used when installing driver software.

Since the underlying driver model has changed with the further development, play DRV files on Windows Vista and Windows 7 hardly a role. Drv files are mainly found on Windows 9x, Windows XP and MS-DOS.

In general, you can not simply install DRV files. Either they are copied via a driver installer to the right place or you need the matching inf files, which you can install by context menu (right-click). In both cases, however, include some other files to do so.

When pointing an error message to a missing DRV file, you should copy the corresponding DRV file to Windows / system32. However, it should be noted that DRV files can also contain viruses.

Programs which can open a DRV file

How to open file with DRV extension?

In order to open a file with DRV extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening DRV file occurred, it is highly possible that none of the listed programs is present on user’s system. Even if one or more said programs are installed, there may be issues related with given programs. In order to solve a problem with DRV files, follow the instructions below.
Install Microsoft Windows or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening DRV files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support DRV files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of DRV files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.

Set Microsoft Windows as the default program for opening DRV files

It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate DRV files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the Microsoft Windows applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where Microsoft Windows has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with DRV files

Sometimes problems with opening DRV files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • DRV files has been not been completely download from the internet (only a part of the data has been downloaded)
  • Currently used user account hasn’t been granted necessary privileges to open DRV files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • DRV file was being copied from a corrupted storage device and is incomplete or data is corrupted. (Copying files from unknown or untrusted sources should be conducted with great care as such files may contain malicious software, which can damage your system)

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