Opening PBO files

Did your computer fail to open a PBO file? We explain what PBO files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your PBO files.

What is a PBO file?

The .pbo file extension is used for a binary file format that was created by Microsoft Corporation. These PBO files are also called Microsoft Source Profiler profiler binary output files, which are generated by the Microsoft Source Profiler applet. This is a service that is bundled with Microsoft Windows platforms, and the program file profilerw.exe can be activated to initialize this software.

Typing profilerw.exe in the Run dialogue box of Microsoft Windows can also be used to initialize this software. This applet can also be opened through the command line interface of Microsoft Windows.

These PBO files store configurations and settings that are associated with a profile in Windows, which has been generated through the Microsoft Source Profiler service. It is recommended to leave thee .pbo files alone, in order for the Microsoft Windows platform to continue functioning properly. Only the Microsoft Source Profiler can create, open and edit the content of these PBO files.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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