IFO files are used to store information describing a DVD disc. The IFO format does not contain any data specifically related to the multimedia image, but it only refers to the video data through correlated files. Data contained within an IFO file indicate:
The following list contains programs grouped by 2 operating systems that support IFO files. Files with IFO extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.
There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening IFO files on given system. What is important, all common issues related to files with IFO extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.
Problems with opening and working with IFO files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with IFO files being present on your machine. This one is an easy one. Select PowerDVD or one of the recommended programs (for example, GOM Player, Corel WinDVD, Nero Multimedia Suite) 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 PowerDVD website and download the installer.
If the problems with opening IFO files still occur even after installing PowerDVD, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of PowerDVD is available. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. The reason that PowerDVD cannot handle files with IFO may be that the software is outdated. The most recent version of PowerDVD is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.
After installing PowerDVD (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open IFO files. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.
The procedure to change the default program in Windows
The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS
You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper IFO file. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.
If the IFO is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. IFO file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.
Did you receive the IFO file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. It could happen the the download process of file with IFO extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.
There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the DVD-Video Disc Information Format file again.
The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support IFO files. Close all running programs and try opening the IFO file.
Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with DVD-Video Disc Information Format file. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with IFO files affecting older versions of given software.
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