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.asw File Extension

Developer: Microsoft Corporation
File type: Advanced Stream Redirector XML File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .asw. Files with the file extension .asw can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .asw files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .asw file?

An Advanced Stream Redirector XML file is integrated with text, binary and XML-based formatting specifications that are used to attach metadata details and information to multimedia files in Microsoft Windows-based systems. This means some multimedia programs that are compatible to run in Windows platforms may use these ASW files to integrate XML data, or retrieve meta details like text and binary content, each time multimedia content with associated ASW files is accessed by these Windows applications. An example of a Microsoft Windows application that is integrated with support for these ASW files is Windows Media Player and Internet Explorer. These Advanced Stream Redirector XML files are appended with the .asw extension.

how to open a .asw file?

Launch a .asw file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .asw file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .asw files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .asw file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .asw file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .asw file association errors

applications that open a .asw file

Microsoft Windows Media Player

Microsoft Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player Playlist (WPL) is a computer file format that keeps multimedia playlists for video and audio collections. It is an owned file format utilized in Microsoft Windows Media Player versions 9 to 12. The fundamentals of WPL files are represented in XML format. These .WPL files can be accessed and utilized by the Nullsoft Winamp Media Player 5.6 application version as well as the Roxio Creator 2012 program. WPL files are also known as Windows Media Player playlist files, which are indicated by the Microsoft Windows Media Player or the other media players with support for WPL files as reference data when users open these playlist files and begin to access the content stored in it. The top-level aspect specifies that the file's elements go after the Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL) structure. The information contained in these WPL files are directory locations to the video files and audio content chose by the creator of the .WPL file, this enables the media player application to quickly and easily find and play the video and audio content from their directory locations.
Microsoft Internet Explorer

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Microsoft Internet Explorer or most commonly known as Internet Explorer was developed by Microsoft in 1995. It is a graphical web browser which is included as part of the different versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems. It is one of the commonly used browsers of most Windows users. Since its first release in 1995, different versions have come out, the latest one being the Internet Explorer 10. It was designed in order to give its users the capability of viewing large range of web pages and at the same time be able to give its users features that can be used within the operating system that is installed on their computer which includes Microsoft Update. It uses the same accessibility framework which was also provided in computers that run Windows. It is also known as an interface being used when running FTP.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .asw files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .asw. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.

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