What is a .MSC File And How To Open It – Microsoft

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While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .msc extension. Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .msc file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .MSC file?

The file extension .MSC comes from Microsoft Management Console Snap-in Control File. It was developed by Microsoft. This system related files is in xml format.

What to know

There are currently 2 software that can open the .msc file on 1 platform.

How to open a .MSC file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .MSC file on various operating systems.

How to open a .MSC file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

The .msc file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

1. The first step is to download the Microsoft Management Console and Microsoft Notepad software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .MSC file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Microsoft Management Console software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .MSC file?

If you are still unable to open the .MSC file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .MSC file.msc – The MuseScore Team. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .MSC file with the Microsoft Management Console, Microsoft Notepad programs on Windows.