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✅ Windows 3.x Virtual Device Driver

Windows 3.x Virtual Device Driver .386 file icon
The 386 file is a Windows 3.x Virtual Device Driver. VxDs (Virtual xxx Driver) usually have the filename extension .386 under Windows 3.x and .vxd under Windows 95.
Category: Application files
Application: Microsoft Windows 3.1
Mime-type: application/octet-stream
Magic number: -
Magic string: -
Sample: -
386 aliases:
386 related links:
386 related extensions:
Windows Virtual Device Driver

Compressed VXD File

⚠ Be careful with .386 files.

It's important to know that the .386 file extension can be used by various programs, not just the ones you expect. This includes potentially harmful software or malware that might create .386 files. Be cautious when dealing with .386 files from unknown sources.

🚫 The .386 file extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:


Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

We found the following similar file extensions in our database:

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🔴 Can't open a .386 file?

When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:

Select an app to open this .386 file

It means that the operating system does not have a default app associated with the .386 file type. To resolve this issue and open the file, you can take the following steps:

If you don't know how to change the default app for the .386 file, check the FAQ.

🔴 Can I change the extension of files?

Changing the filename extension of a file is not a good idea. The extension of a file serves as a hint to the operating system and various software programs about the type of data contained within the file. When you alter a file's extension, you essentially modify how software applications interpret and handle that file. Every file has a specific format, also known as its file type or file format. The problem is, changing the file extension does not change the file format.

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