What is a .PAE File And How To Open It – ConeXware (Guide)

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Have you came across a file with the .pae extension and you don’t know what it is? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .pae file extension and how to open it.

What is a .PAE file?

The file extension .PAE comes from PowerArchiver Encrypted Archive. The creator of this file extension is ConeXware. The format of this file is binary, and it is a compressed file.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .pae file on 1 platform.

How to open a .PAE file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .PAE file on various operating systems.

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

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .pae file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the ConeXware PowerArchiver software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is ConeXware PowerArchiver.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .PAE file

2. In the second step you need to locate 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. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the ConeXware PowerArchiver software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .PAE file?

If you are still unable to open the .PAE file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .PAE file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .paf – Portable Application Installer File, .paf – FamilySearch, .paf – Ensoniq, .paf – Amazing Studio, .paf.exe – The PortableApps.com Project. 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 .PAE file with the ConeXware PowerArchiver program on Windows.