DCF File Extension

DCF file icon
DRM Content Format
  • Developer
    Sony Ericsson
  • Popularity
    3.1 (9 votes)

What is DCF file?

A .DCF file is a protected multimedia container format supported by some of the cell phones such as Sony Ericsson, Nokia, and Motorola. The DCF stores the multimedia files including audio, video, pictures, and media clips in a copy-protected format. The DCF file such as the paid ringtones can be used only by the authenticated DRM cell phones. Further, the DCF file can be created, viewed, or edited by using the Sony Ericsson DRM Packager software supported on the Windows and the Mac OS. 

Programs which support DCF file extension

Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open DCF files divided into 2 categories according to system platform supported. DCF files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support DCF file

How to open file with DCF extension?

Being unable to open files with DCF extension can be have various origins. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to DRM Content Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Get the Sony Ericsson DRM Packager

The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports DCF files installed on the system. This one is an easy one. Select Sony Ericsson DRM Packager or one of the recommended programs (for example, Sony Memory Card File Rescue) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Sony Ericsson DRM Packager website and download the installer.

Step 2. Update Sony Ericsson DRM Packager to the latest version

You still cannot access DCF files although Sony Ericsson DRM Packager is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. The reason that Sony Ericsson DRM Packager cannot handle files with DCF may be that the software is outdated. The most recent version of Sony Ericsson DRM Packager is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate DRM Content Format files with Sony Ericsson DRM Packager

If you have the latest version of Sony Ericsson DRM Packager installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage DCF on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Clicking the DCF with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Sony Ericsson DRM Packager is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open DCF files and clicking OK.

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • Right-click the DCF file and select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select Sony Ericsson DRM Packager and click Change for all...
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with DCF extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Verify that the DCF is not faulty

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the DCF file is valid. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

1. Check the DCF file for viruses or malware

If the DCF is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the DCF file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic DCF 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. When downloading the file with DCF extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the DRM Content Format file.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open Sony Ericsson DRM Packager

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with DCF extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with DRM Content Format file. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with DCF files affecting older versions of given software.

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