.ASF is abbreviation for Advanced System Format. It is developed by Microsoft for storage and playing synchronized digital media streams while allowing to transmit them through different networks. ASF is audio file format used for Windows Media Video based and Windows Media Audio based content.
The extensions of WMV and WMA are used to specify the type of ASF which contains the content that is encoded with Windows Media codecs. An ASF is able to contain single or more than one streams which can include multichannel audio or the audio having video streams of multiple bit rates which can be transmitted on different bandwidths.
The following list contains programs grouped by 4 operating systems that support ASF files. ASF files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.
Problems with accessing ASF may be due to various reasons. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Advanced Systems (streaming) Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.
The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening ASF files is that no program that can handle ASF files is installed on user’s system. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Windows Media Player or different compatible program, such as Winamp, Creator NXT Pro, SWF & FLV Toolbox. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support ASF files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Windows Media Player website and download the installer.
If the problems with opening ASF files still occur even after installing Windows Media Player, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Windows Media Player is available. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. This can be one of the causes why ASF files are not compatible with Windows Media Player. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Windows Media Player.
If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate ASF files with latest version of Windows Media Player you have installed on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.
Change the default application in Windows
Change the default application in Mac OS
Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the ASF file is valid. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.
If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the ASF file hinders attempts to open it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the ASF file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.
If you obtained the problematic ASF file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. If the ASF file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.
Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Advanced Systems (streaming) Format file again.
If the systems has insufficient resources to open ASF files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.
Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Advanced Systems (streaming) Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle ASF files.
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