.PIF File Extension

Program Information File

General Information

Title PIF File Extension
Extension .pif
Full Form Program Information File
File Type Executable File
Developer Microsoft
MIME Type application/x-msdownload

File Function

Primary Function Store settings
Additional Functions Link to DOS program
Features Configurable settings, Shortcut creation

File Characteristics

Quality Dependent on settings
Supports Layers N/A
Supports Transparency N/A
Editable Yes, with caution

Use Cases

Legacy Software Support Yes
Shortcut Creation Yes
Dos Program Configuration Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Malicious code execution
Best Practices Scan for viruses, Do not open unknown PIF files

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release MS-DOS 2.0
Latest Use Windows XP

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .exe, .bat, .com

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Microsoft Windows Included with OS Windows 95, Windows XP