How to Open XV Files – The Detailed Guide

How to Open XV Files
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Last Updated on September 13, 2020 by Thomas C. Bell

An XV file is a special type of Khoros Visualization Image File. Generally, these types of files are protected in a way that you can’t open them or convert them using another computer than the computer that creates that particular file. However, there are few applications available that you can use to open the XV files. However, if you don’t use proper software then the computer will show you messages like “How do you want to open this file?” or “Windows cannot open this file.” So if you cannot open your XV file then keep reading this article. Here I have discussed how you can open XV files using appropriate software.

How to Open XV Files?

There are many reasons you cannot open an XV file on your computer. Most of the time lack of suitable application is the reason a computer user cannot open the XV file. So the solutions to this problem are to download and install the appropriate software on your computer and you can easily open this type of file. The process is very simple but you have to follow the steps accordingly to avoid further problems.

Step 1 – Use and install XnView         

If there is no software available on your computer that supports XV files then you have to download and install the XnView application on your computer. Follow the below steps:

First, download the .exe file and right-click on it. From the menu select “Run as Administrator.”

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Then select your preferred language and click on the ok button. 

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In the next window select “I accept the agreement” and then click on the Next button.

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In the next window choose the folder where you want to install the app and then click on the Next button again. Then follow other on-screen instruction.

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Finally, click on the Install button and it will take a few times to install the app on your computer.

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Step 2 – Associate XnView with the XV File Extension

Once you have installed the application on your computer the next step is to associate the software with the file extension XV. You can do it in two ways. One of them is to manually edit the Windows Registry and HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT keys and this method is for more advanced users. The other method is very simple and it’s for common users. Here is how:

First, right-click on the unknown XV file you want to open

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Now select “Open with” from the menu

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Then click on the “Choose default program”

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Click “More options”

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Click “Look for another application on this PC” and indicate the installation location of the appropriate program

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Finally, select the “Always use the selected program to open XV files” option and confirm the whole process.

Step 3 – Check out Other Possible Problems Related to XV Files

Sometimes despite having the right software and the correct configuration the XV file might not open. There might be other problems that prevent the XV files from opening. So you have to identify the reason for the problem. Here is a list of possible problems:

  1. Check the XV files for possible virus or malware. If an XV file is affected with a virus then it might not open properly. So you must scan the XV file for virus and take the actions recommended by the antivirus program installed on the system. Sometimes deletion of an infected file can solve the problem.
  2. Check your operating system and see if it has the appropriate permissions to work with the XV file type.
  3. Check and see if the icon is the element of the right file, not the shortcut. If it’s a shortcut to the location where the XV file no longer exists then it won’t open.
  4. Check and see if the operating system of your computer has the necessary resources to run the XnView application and open the XV file.
  5. Check the XV file and see if it is completed. If the XV file was not copied completely then it won’t open.
  6. Sometimes incorrect links to the XV file in registry entries can prevent it from opening.
  7. If you accidentally delete the description of the XV from the Windows registry then the file will not open.
  8. If the installation of the application that will open the XV file is incomplete then the application won’t be able to open the file.
  9. If the drivers of the equipment used by the computer to open an XV file are out of date then you will face this type of problem.

If the above reasons do not exist for your XV file then it should open with the appropriate software. However, if the file is not opening then you are facing some rare problem with your XV file. If you can’t locate the problem with your XV file then it’s time to contact an IT specialist for further assistance.

Final Thoughts

I hope you have found the above information helpful successfully to open the XV files by following the above steps. Let us know your opinion regarding this article. We appreciate every critic.

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