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.SYS File Extension

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File TypeWindows System File
DeveloperMicrosoft
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CategorySystem Files
File Format Description

File used by Microsoft DOS and Windows operating systems; contains system settings and variables, as well as functions that are used to run the operating system; commonly used to store device drivers and other core Windows functions.

Some examples of SYS files include the following:

  • IO.SYS: stores the default DOS device drivers and the DOS initialization program; used by DOS and Windows 9x.
  • MSDOS.SYS: contains the core operating system code for DOS, known as the DOS kernel.
  • CONFIG.SYS: contains the primary configuration information used by DOS.
System files are most commonly found within the Windows directory of a Windows installation. In particular, many SYS files are stored in the Windows\winsxs directory in later versions of Windows.

Program(s) that open .SYS files
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Mac OS
Parallels Desktop for Mac Icon Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac with Windows installedExternal Link
Updated 5/22/2013

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File TypeMotorola Driver File
DeveloperMotorola
Popularity
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CategorySystem Files
File Format Description

Device driver used by Motorola cell phones; allows the phone to communicate with computer and transfer files to and from the device; typically installed with the software installation CD included with the cell phone.

Example Motorola driver files include the "m56pci.sys" device controller and the "p2k.sys" file, which enables the P2Kman program to upload and download files from Motorola Vxxx cell phones.

Program(s) that open .SYS files
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Updated 4/6/2007