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What are WIN files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a WIN file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your WIN files.

What is a WIN file?

WIN files have multiple uses, and Windows Backup is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

Windows Backup File

Files that contain the .win file extension are most commonly used for Windows system backup files. These files contain backup copies of the Windows files on a user's computer.

If the original Windows files that are located on a user's computer happen to become corrupt or are accidentally deleted, the WIN files can be used to restore the data on the user's system.

How to open WIN files

Important: Different programs may use files with the WIN file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your WIN file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested ten different WIN openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: February 24, 2023

All known file formats using extension .WIN

While Windows Backup File is a popular type of WIN-file, we know of 3 different uses of the .WIN file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

ArchiCAD Geometric Description

The ArchiCAD software also uses the .win file extension. These WIN files contain geometric description language files that are used by the ArchiCAD application.

WIN opener for Windows

We have identified one WIN opener that is compatible with this specific type of WIN file.


SMSQ/E hard disk image

SMSQ/E is a computer operating system for the Atari ST. It consists of a QDOS compatible SMS kernel, SuperBASIC interpreter (SBasic), a complete set of SuperBASIC procedures and functions, and a set of extended device drivers.

These files contain an image (exact copy) of a hard drive with that operating system installed.

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of WIN files. Remember, different programs may use WIN files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Photomania DeluxePhotomania DeluxeUser submitted
ABViewerABViewerUser submitted
RikCADRikCADUser submitted
HanSeeHanSeeUser submitted
WinflowsWinflowsUser submitted
DIMIN ViewerDIMIN ViewerUser submitted
uFOCS FileOpeneruFOCS FileOpenerUser submitted
CadwinCadwinUser submitted
NeverLand AlReaderNeverLand AlReaderUser submitted
FreshViewFreshViewUser submitted

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