MEM File Extension

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FoxPro Variable Format

What is MEM file?

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.

Programs which support MEM file extension

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.

Programs that support MEM file

Updated: 05/24/2020

How to open file with MEM extension?

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.

Step 1. Install Visual FoxPro software

Install software to open MEM file 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.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Visual FoxPro

Update software that support file extension MEMIf the problems with opening MEM files still occur even after installing Visual FoxPro, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software.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.

Step 3. Associate FoxPro Variable Format files with Visual FoxPro

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.

Associate software with MEM file on Windows

Change the default application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the MEM file
  • 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 Visual FoxPro is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open MEM files and clicking OK.
Associate software with MEM file on Mac

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with MEM extension, select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select Visual FoxPro and click Change for all...
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with MEM extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Verify that the MEM is not faulty

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.

Check MEM file for viruses
1. The MEM may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

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.

2. Verify that the MEM file’s structure is intact

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.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

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.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run Visual FoxPro

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.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

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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