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27 October 2010

Common Windows File Type Errors And How To Repair Them

Common Windows File Type Errors And How To Repair Them

Dealing with Window errors is no fun. However, with the help of a self-guide on how to troubleshoot common Window errors, computer users can minimize their suffering, reduce the damage to their PCs, and resolve errors promptly on their own.

In this article, we provide users insight on how to troubleshoot common File Type errors. The following topics are covered in this tutorial:

  • What is a file extension
  • Examples of common file types
  • Steps to troubleshoot common Windows File Type Errors

File extension – A definition

A file extension is a short series of letters and/or numerals at the end of a filename that provides information on the type of file and the programs and/or software that use the file or are required to open the file.

The file extension is listed after the filename, separated by a ‘.’ (period). For instance, a file with the extension .xls means that it is an Excel file and can be opened using Microsoft Excel.

Examples of file extensions

  • .dat file type - .dat files are generic files created by various programs. The file extension .dat after a filename means that the data in the file is stored in binary or text format.
  • .dl_ file type – The file extension .dl_ is used to represent compressed .dll files, which are extensively used in Windows.
  • .rnk file type – The file extension .rnk represents a dial-up shortcut (stores information about dial-in settings of a user’s Internet Service Provider) created in the Windows operating system.

Steps to repair common Windows File Type Errors

When face-to-face with file type errors, perform the following steps to resolve them:

Clean your registry – Information related to files and their associations with different programs is stored in the Windows registry. As you use your computer, the registry tends to become cluttered with a lot of junk information and also becomes fragmented. A bloated or severely fragmented registry, in turn, may cause various errors, including file type errors. The first step to troubleshoot file typeerrors is to run a thorough registry scan using a reliable registry cleaner.   

Use a reliable file extension repair software – More often than not file type errors occur when one or more file openers on your Windows system is damaged. To fix the matter, we recommend you use a good file extension repair tool. Such tools not only fix the damaged file openers, but also allow you to open various file types, including those for which much information is not available.

Perform a malware scan – It is no secret that malware are often the root cause of various computer errors and file errors are no exception to this. Malware programs, if present, can delete or modify various files causing random file errors.

To repair the errors occurring due to malware infections, update your protective software, restart your computer in the Safe Mode, disconnect it from the Internet and any other network share that it might be a part of, and then run a thorough malware scan to delete or quarantine the found threats.

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