MIM File Extension

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Multi-Purpose Internet Mail Message Format
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    Internet Engineering Task Force
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What is MIM file?

The files that have the .MIM extension is commonly related to the email message files. Such files are called as the Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension files.  A large number of email applications make use of these .MIM extension format, which is useful in supporting the 8-bit email content like audio, video snips and file attachments. This makes it easier for the users to send emails comprise of more than the ASCII text characters. 

A .MIM file format may be included as a vital part of an email message or can also be sent as an individual attachment.

Programs which support MIM file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with MIM files, divided into 3 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with MIM 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 MIM file

How to open file with MIM extension?

Being unable to open files with MIM extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with MIM 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 WinZip software

The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports MIM files installed on the system. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing WinZip or different compatible program, such as ALZip, Mozilla Thunderbird, Microsoft Outlook. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support MIM 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 WinZip website and download the installer.

Step 2. Update WinZip to the latest version

If the problems with opening MIM files still occur even after installing WinZip, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of WinZip is available. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. This can be one of the causes why MIM files are not compatible with WinZip. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using WinZip.

Step 3. Set the default application to open MIM files to WinZip

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate MIM files with latest version of WinZip you have installed 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.

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the MIM file
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the WinZip installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open MIM files box and clicking OK button.

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with MIM extension, select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select WinZip and click Change for all...
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with MIM extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Verify that the MIM is not faulty

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the MIM file in question. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

1. Verify that the MIM in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the MIM 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 scanner detected that the MIM file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

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

If the MIM file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. 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 MIM extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Multi-Purpose Internet Mail Message Format file again.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open WinZip

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

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

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Multi-Purpose Internet Mail Message Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with MIM files affecting older versions of given software.

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