I recently was sent an e-mail by a doctor detailing likely surgical expenses (elective, I'm not dying yet), but my computer says:
Windows can't open the attached file, which I have downloaded. it instead gave me the choices of using the internet to find a program to open it, or I cpould select one manually.I chose the first choice, and it took me to this page:
Windows can't open this file
File: XXXXX XXXXX .dat
To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go on line to look it up automatically, or you can manually select from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.
- Use the Web service to find the correct program
- Select a program from a list of installed programs
(Windows logo) Windows
Windows has the following information about this file type. This page will help you find software needed to open your file.
File Type: Data File
File Extension: .dat
Description: A wide range of applications create files with this file extension but with different file formats. The application(s) listed below may not work on your file.
Software or information available at:
Free File Viewer
You may search the following Web site for related software and information:
Search the web
Have questions? See these Frequently Asked Questions.
At the top of the page was the name: FreeFile Viewer, and to its right it shoed a Norton "Secured" label was checked, then
Easily Open Your Files, then a list of half a dozen recognizable file types it would open, and below that claimed
License: Free! No Hidden Costs
THE FREE FILE VIEWER THAT JUST WORKS
Download and install FreeFileViewer 2012 and you will be able to view documents like DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, XLS, XLSX, images like JPG, PNG, GIF, PSD, videos like FLV, MP4, MOV, MPG, audio files like FLAC, MP3, OGG, WMA, and various other formats like BIN, CFG, DAT, DIZ and and many many other file formats.
FreeFileViewer is a non-bloated, simple file viewer and music player. For example, it will enable you to display Adobe® PDF files and Microsoft® Office documents without Adobe® Reader® or Microsoft® Office being installed, and PSD files without having Adobe® Photoshop® installed. This is the all-in-one file viewer product you have been looking for!
Everything is included with the installer. Simply download and run it and you will be able to view your files right away. No other software required.
Oh.. and it's true: It's entirely free. No hidden costs.
Supports a Multitude of File Formats:
DAT - Data file, e.g. winmail.dat files
DOC - Microsoft® Word 97-2003 document
DOCX - Microsoft® Word 2007+ document
FLV - Flash video file
GIF - Graphics Interchange Format image
JPG - JPEG image
MP3 - MPEG 3 music file
MP4 - MPEG 4 video file
PDF - Adobe® PDF document
PSD - Photoshop® Document
TXT - Text file
XLS - Microsoft® Excel spreadsheet
XLSX - Microsoft® Excel 2007+ spreadsheet
See complete list of supported formats here
I am suspicious of the "free" file opener. because the referral wasn't from windows.com but rather shell.windows.com and I see no reason for this program supplier to make this service available to me without them getting something from me in return.
Can I safely import a reader from Free FIle Viewer? Is there some other more conventional way to get a .dat reader for my PC? I presently have Word Office Suite 2007, and OpenOfficeOrg 3.X installed
Edited by AntAltMike, 23 June 2013 - 02:45 AM.