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NWS File Extension

Windows Live Mail Newsgroup Format
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What is NWS file?

NWS is a file extension commonly associated with Windows Live Mail Newsgroup Format files. Windows Live Mail Newsgroup Format specification was created by Microsoft. NWS file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Windows system platform. NWS file format, along with 1326 other file formats, belongs to the Data Files category. Windows Live Mail supports NWS files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 3 other tools may also be used. On the official website of Microsoft Corporation developer not only will you find detailed information about theWindows Live Mail software, but also about NWS and other supported file formats.

Programs which support NWS file extension

Programs that can handle NWS files are as follows. Files with NWS 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 NWS file

How to open file with NWS extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening NWS files on given system. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Windows Live Mail Newsgroup Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Get the Windows Live Mail

Install software to open NWS file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports NWS files installed on the system. This one is an easy one. Select Windows Live Mail or one of the recommended programs (for example, Aid4Mail, Windows Mail, Microsoft Outlook Express) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support NWS 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 Windows Live Mail website and download the installer.

Step 2. Check the version of Windows Live Mail and update if needed

Update software that support file extension NWSYou still cannot access NWS files although Windows Live Mail is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. The reason that Windows Live Mail cannot handle files with NWS may be that the software is outdated. The latest version of Windows Live Mail should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open NWS files to Windows Live Mail

If you have the latest version of Windows Live Mail installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage NWS 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 NWS file on Windows

Change the default application in Windows

  • Right-click the NWS file and choose Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where Windows Live Mail is installed, check the Always use this app to open NWS files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button
Associate software with NWS file on Mac

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected NWS file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with NWS extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Check the NWS for errors

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 NWS file. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

Check NWS file for viruses
1. Verify that the NWS in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the NWS 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 NWS file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Ensure the file with NWS extension is complete and error-free

Did you receive the NWS file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. When downloading the file with NWS extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative 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 Windows Live Mail Newsgroup Format file again.

4. Check whether your system can handle Windows Live Mail

If the systems has insufficient resources to open NWS files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Windows Live Mail Newsgroup Format files. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle NWS files.

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