.APPREF-MS File Extension

File Type:
Microsoft Application Reference File

Having trouble opening .appref-ms extension? Don't panic! This page explains what appref-ms files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open appref-ms files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is an APPREF-MS file?

Appref-ms file extension has Microsoft Application Reference file type, developed by Microsoft, which is associated with the "settings files" category.

Associated with ClickOnce, the reference file provides a remote or local link to a program. It may be used to for enabling links from the Windows Start Menu. 
APPREF-MS files as well as their associated .APPLICATION files are typically enabled by the Microsoft .NET framework. Upon the activation of the APPREF-MS file through a Web hyperlink, ClickOnce will be capable of checking for updates, performing installs, and running the program.

To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

appref-ms file icon
File Type:
Microsoft Application Reference File
Settings Files

How to open APPREF-MS file?

Double click the appref-ms file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .appref-ms extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the appref-ms extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".

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This Tool is Compatible With: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10

Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the appref-ms file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open APPREF-MS files

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the appref-ms file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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