The .BAK file format refers to Backup Plus files. These kinds of Bakup files can be generated by any application software, mostly on windows based devices. These files primarily store the backup data of the application software or other data files.
The most common scenario when a .BAK file is created is when an application software is writing to disk that would cause the overwriting of some existing data, in which case, it would automatically create a backup file. Bak files can generally eat up a lot of disk space, hence it is recommended to clean them up at regular intervals.
|File type||Backup Plus Backup Format|
|Developer||Lack of information|
While searching for an answer to the question - How to open the BAK file? - you probably found websites, which offer software that was able to open any file extension. Do not be fooled, there is no one program that will allow you to work with any file extension, including the BAK file. Each program contains a different type of data and you need specialized software to properly work with the BAK file. Here is a list of programs that are designed to work with the BAK file - remember, these applications are able to open at most a few file extensions, they are designed to work with a specific data type.
If after installing the program from a list, you still cannot open a file with the BAK extension, the reason may be that the file is damaged. The solution may be to find a new copy of the BAK file you want to open
In this case, the easiest way is to use the tool built into the operating system for association of the BAK file with applications to support it. Double click on the file you cannot open - the operating system will display a list of programs that are likely to work with your BAK file. Choose one of them, or select the location on a disk where you installed one of the applications from our list. Windows should then open the BAK file using the program installed earlier.
Entries containing links of the BAK file extensions with applications is located in the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT. If you do not know how to get to the Windows Registry, or how to make changes in it, ask a specialist for help. Lack of knowledge on the subject may cause irreversible changes on your computer.
There may be a situation when a computer virus passes itself off as the BAK file. In this case, such a file will definitely not be opened. Download a good antivirus program and scan the BAK file mentioned. If the antivirus application detects malicious data, it may signify that the BAK file is infected.
|BA||Scifer Archive External Archive Format|
|BASEBINARY||Apple Mac OS X AirPort Base Station Binary|
|BAMP||Easy Button & Menu Maker Project|
|BAT||Batch File (executable)|
|BAU||OpenOffice.org Configuration Format|
|BACKUPDB||Apple Time Machine Backup Folder Format|
|BASEPROJ||DNA Baser Sequence Aligner Project|
|BASH_PROFILE||Bash Interactive Login Shell Format|
|BASH||Unix Shell Script (bash)|