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POW File Extension

Microsoft Windows XP Power Schema
  • Developer
    Microsoft Corporation
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What is POW file?

POW is a file extension commonly associated with Microsoft Windows XP Power Schema files. Microsoft Windows XP Power Schema format was developed by Microsoft Corporation. POW file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Windows system platform. POW file belongs to the Settings Files category just like 1305 other filename extensions listed in our database. The most popular software that supports POW files is Microsoft Windows. Software named Microsoft Windows was created by Microsoft Corporation. In order to find more detailed information on the software and POW files, check the developer’s official website.

Programs which support POW file extension

Below is a table that list programs that support POW files. Files with POW 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 POW file

How to open file with POW extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening POW files on given system. Fortunately, most common problems with POW files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Get the Microsoft Windows

Install software to open POW file Problems with opening and working with POW files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with POW files being present on your machine. The solution is straightforward, just download and install Microsoft Windows. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. If you want to download Microsoft Windows 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 Microsoft Windows

Update software that support file extension POWIf the problems with opening POW files still occur even after installing Microsoft Windows, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Microsoft Windows is available. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. If you have an older version of Microsoft Windows installed, it may not support POW format. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Microsoft Windows.

Step 3. Assign Microsoft Windows to POW files

If you have the latest version of Microsoft Windows installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage POW on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Associate software with POW 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 POW file
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Microsoft Windows is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open POW files and clicking OK.
Associate software with POW file on Mac

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the POW file and select 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....
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with POW extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Ensure that the POW file is complete and free of errors

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the POW file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

Check POW file for viruses
1. Check the POW file for viruses or malware

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the POW 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. POW file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

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

Did you receive the POW 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. If the POW file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Microsoft Windows XP Power Schema file again.

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

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

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

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Microsoft Windows XP Power Schema files. It may be the case that the POW files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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