ECW File Problems: Why Your PC Won't Open ECW Files

Few things are as frustrating as receiving a file that your computer refuses to open up. Understanding the reason why it won't work is the first step to finding a solution. Here are some of the most common error messages and problems when opening ECW files.

Common Error Messages

Error Message: The ECW File is Corrupt

The only solution to a corrupt file, is to download a new copy, or to ask the sender to resend the file.

Error Message: Can't Find Software to Open the ECW File

This error is quite easy to solve. Simply right-click on the ECW file and select Ensoniq Waveset Format, Enhanced Compressed Wavelet, or EclipseCrossword Crossword Puzzle from the dropdown list to create a default file type association. In future, it should automatically open in the software you selected.

Common ECW-Related Problems

Problem: You Don't Have Ensoniq Waveset Format, Enhanced Compressed Wavelet, or EclipseCrossword Crossword Puzzle Installed

You can simply download Ensoniq Waveset Format, Enhanced Compressed Wavelet, or EclipseCrossword Crossword Puzzle software. ECW uses Ensoniq Waveset Format by default, but it is also compatible with Enhanced Compressed Wavelet, and EclipseCrossword Crossword Puzzle. If you have Ensoniq Waveset Format, Enhanced Compressed Wavelet, or EclipseCrossword Crossword Puzzle installed, try make make one of these software packages your default file association for the ECW file type extension.

Problem: You Have Ensoniq Waveset Format, Enhanced Compressed Wavelet, or EclipseCrossword Crossword Puzzle Installed, But It's Still Not Working

If you have Ensoniq Waveset Format, Enhanced Compressed Wavelet, or EclipseCrossword Crossword Puzzle installed and you still can't open the file, you should get in touch with the software developers for further assistance. See our chart below for who to contact:

Software Developer
Ensoniq Waveset Format E-MU Systems
Enhanced Compressed Wavelet Microsoft Developer
EclipseCrossword Crossword Puzzle Microsoft Developer

Problem: You Can't Install Ensoniq Waveset Format, Enhanced Compressed Wavelet, or EclipseCrossword Crossword Puzzle

If for some reason you can't or don't want to install Ensoniq Waveset Format, Enhanced Compressed Wavelet, or EclipseCrossword Crossword Puzzle, you could also search online for free software that uses ECW files. But, as a word of caution, please be careful as many free software downloads are infected with malware or bundled with unwanted software.


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