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WTV File Extension

Windows Recorded TV Show Format
  • Developer
    Microsoft
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    4 (6 votes)

What is WTV file?

Full format name of files that use WTV extension is Windows Recorded TV Show Format. Windows Recorded TV Show Format format was developed by Microsoft. WTV files are supported by software applications available for devices running Windows. Files with WTV extension are categorized as Video Files files. The Video Files subset comprises 546 various file formats. The most popular program for handling WTV files is Windows Media Center, but users can choose among 10 different programs that support this file format. On the official website of Microsoft Corporation developer not only will you find detailed information about theWindows Media Center software, but also about WTV and other supported file formats.

Programs which support WTV file extension

Below is a table that list programs that support WTV files. Files with WTV suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

How to open file with WTV extension?

Being unable to open files with WTV extension can be have various origins. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Windows Recorded TV Show 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. Download and install Windows Media Center

Install software to open WTV file The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening WTV files is that no program that can handle WTV files is installed on user’s system. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Windows Media Center or different compatible program, such as PowerDVD, PowerDirector, Nero Multimedia Suite. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Windows Media Center website and download the installer.

Step 2. Check the version of Windows Media Center and update if needed

Update software that support file extension WTVIf the problems with opening WTV files still occur even after installing Windows Media Center, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Windows Media Center is available. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. The reason that Windows Media Center cannot handle files with WTV may be that the software is outdated. The latest version of Windows Media Center should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open WTV files to Windows Media Center

If you have the latest version of Windows Media Center installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage WTV on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with WTV file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the WTV with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Windows Media Center is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open WTV files and clicking OK.
Associate software with WTV file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected WTV 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 WTV extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Ensure that the WTV 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 WTV file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

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

Should it happed that the WTV is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the WTV file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

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

If the WTV 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 WTV extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

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 Recorded TV Show Format file again.

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

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

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Windows Recorded TV Show Format file. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with WTV files affecting older versions of given software.

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