Notes about the XYW 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 XYW file type is primarily associated with 'XYWrite'. XYWrite for Windows 3x/4.0 document. Salon.com has an article about XYWrite and page 2 of the article describes efforts to keep this format alive.
Detailed information for file extension XYW:
Primary association: XYWrite
To change file associations press Windows Key
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.