File Extension APPREF-MS

.APPREF-MS File

File extension: APPREF-MS
File type: File


Notes about the APPREF-MS file extension:



To open this file type, a required software must be installed. Without it you only see a Windows message "The following file cannot be opened" (Windows 7) or "How do you want to open this file?" (Windows 10) if you double-click the file. There click on "More apps" and choose a suitable software to view such files on your PC or from email attachments.

The APPREF-MS file type is primarily associated with 'Application Reference' by Microsoft Corporation. The difference between Application Reference files and shortcuts (.LNK) is that the application reference points to the original application URL and not the location of the EXE on the disk. This depends on settings in the ClickOnce manifest.

Detailed information for file extension APPREF-MS:


Primary association: Application Reference
Company: Microsoft Corporation
File classification: Text
Program ID: Application.Reference



To change file associations press Windows Key + X and then Apps and Features > Default apps > Choose default apps by file type. Invalid file associations could be the result of underlying issues within your Windows PC.

Technical data

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System Info for File Extension .APPREF-MS

The following listing is compiled from the database produced by the 'Associate This!' program, selected data from the main FILExt database and information FILExt collected directly from user systems.

ProgramID: Application.Reference
EXEFile: rundll32.exe dfshim.dll,ShOpenVerbShortcut %1

ProgramID: Application.Reference
EXEFile: rundll32.exe dfshim.dll,ShOpenVerbShortcut %1

ProgramID: Application.Reference
EXEFile: rundll32.exe dfshim.dll,ShOpenVerbShortcut|%2


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