The FoxPro Variable File comes in the .MEM file format and is generally known to be associated with the Microsoft Visual FoxPro software on Windows. The .MEM file is used to store different variables or arrays being used in a FoxPro project. The file is generally used for backup purposes and can be opened with the “Restore from” command.
Being known to store variables, the .MEM file is associated with other files generated by the FoxPro software developed by Microsoft. Holding different backups while the program is running, the file is present as a temporary placeholder and disappears as soon as the program is shut down.
The following listing features MEM-compatible programs. Files with MEM suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.
Being unable to open files with MEM extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with MEM extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.
The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening MEM files is that no program that can handle MEM files is installed on user’s system. The most obvious solution is to download and install Visual FoxPro or one to the listed programs: Clarion. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support MEM files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. If you want to download Visual FoxPro installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Microsoft Corporation website and download from their official repositories.
If the problems with opening MEM files still occur even after installing Visual FoxPro, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Visual FoxPro is available. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. This can be one of the causes why MEM files are not compatible with Visual FoxPro. The latest version of Visual FoxPro should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.
If you have the latest version of Visual FoxPro installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage MEM 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.
Change the default application in Windows
Change the default application 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 MEM file. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.
If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the MEM file hinders attempts to open it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the MEM file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.
If the MEM file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. If the MEM file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.
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 FoxPro Variable Format file again.
If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with MEM extension. In this case close the other applications.
Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with FoxPro Variable Format files. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with MEM files affecting older versions of given software.
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