RES file extension is used by compiled resource file Win32, which in turn is used during C++ program compilation process. RES files store resources used by given program, including cursors, fonts, bitmap images, sounds, and version information.
A Win 32 RES file is used by Windows system during program source code compilation Win 32, in contrast to Win16 files, support UNICODE format.
Below is a table that list programs that support RES files. Files with RES extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.
There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening RES files on given system. Fortunately, most common problems with RES 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.
Problems with opening and working with RES files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with RES files being present on your machine. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Microsoft Visual Studio or different compatible program, such as Delphi, ResEdit. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Microsoft Visual Studio website and download the installer.
You still cannot access RES files although Microsoft Visual Studio is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. This can be one of the causes why RES files are not compatible with Microsoft Visual Studio. 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 Visual Studio.
If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate RES files with latest version of Microsoft Visual Studio 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.
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 RES file. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.
If the RES is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. 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 RES file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.
Did you receive the RES file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. If the RES file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.
Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.
If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with RES extension. In this case close the other applications.
Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with C++ Complied Resource Script files. It may be the case that the RES files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.
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