Help! I get a message that
'Windows cannot open this
This occurs when you
double-click on a design to open it, and your computer doesn't know
which software program to use to open the design.
computer runs different software programs. When you double click on a file, your
computer recognizes that as a command to open the file. Your computer
checks the extension (.hus, .dst, .zip, etc.) and then looks for a
program to use to open the design.
If there is not a
program associated with the extension, your computer will say, "Hey, I
don't know which program to use to open this. Tell me which one." And
that is translated to the statement "Windows cannot open this file" or
"Not a valid Win32 Association" or other such lingo.
There are two ways to
avoid this error message.
1. First, instead of
double-clicking on a design to open it, open it with your embroidery
software. The example below uses Embird but you can apply the same
principles using your software.
Open your embroidery software. You
might have software like Buzz Tools, Embird, PE-Design, Customizer,
Editor, Palette, PSW, etc.
In your embroidery
software, choose 'file' and 'open.' (These steps will vary depending on
which software program you have -- refer to the instruction manual).
Direct the software to open the
2. Or, create a
To do this, right click
on a design. Choose 'open with' and then 'choose program.' (These menu
options may change depending on which version of Windows you are using.)
and then check the box
that says 'always use the selected program to open this type of file.'
Remember: If you want to
open embroidery designs on your computer, you need an embroidery
software program installed on your computer. Only open embroidery
designs with an embroidery software program. Do not open designs
with Adobe, Word, or any other non-embroidery program.