WSF stands for Windows Script File and this file extension is used by Microsoft Windows Script Host. The main purpose of this file type is to allow merging or two different scripting languages such as VBScript and Jscript into a single file.
This file also allows merging of other languages including Perl, Python and Object REXX. Along with the main purpose of mixing different scripting languages, it also allows error isolation of different languages and exposing the constants defined in other languages which are mixed together. It is actually a text file and can be opened using any text editor software.
The following listing features WSF-compatible programs. Files with WSF 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.
Being unable to open files with WSF extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with WSF extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.
The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports WSF files installed on the system. The most obvious solution is to download and install Microsoft WScript or one to the listed programs: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft CScript, Microsoft Visual Studio. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support WSF files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. The safest method of downloading Microsoft WScript installed is by going to developer’s website () and downloading the software using provided links.
If you already have Microsoft WScript installed on your systems and WSF files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. The reason that Microsoft WScript cannot handle files with WSF may be that the software is outdated. The most recent version of Microsoft WScript is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.
After installing Microsoft WScript (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open WSF files. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.
The procedure to change the default program in Windows
The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS
Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the WSF file is valid. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.
Should it happed that the WSF is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing 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 WSF file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.
If the WSF 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 WSF 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 out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Windows Script Format file.
The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support WSF files. Close all running programs and try opening the WSF file.
Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Windows Script Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the WSF files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.
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