What is a .DVR File And How To Open It – Microsoft (Visual Guide)

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Have you came across a file with the .dvr extension and you don’t know what it is? It is important to know how to open this file – in order to be able to work with it. Don’t worry! This article explains everything about the .dvr file extension, how to open and work with it on various systems.

What is a .DVR file?

The file extension .DVR comes from Microsoft Recorded TV Show. This file extension was developed by Microsoft. The format of this video related file is binary.

What to know

There are currently 2 software that can open the .dvr file on 1 platform.

How to open a .DVR file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .DVR file on various operating systems.

How to open a .DVR file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .dvr file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Microsoft Windows Media Center and Microsoft Windows Media Player software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .DVR file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Microsoft Windows Media Center software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .DVR file?

If you are still unable to open the .DVR file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .DVR file.dvr-ms – Microsoft, .dvtcolortheme – Apple, .dvtplugin – Apple, .dvx – DivX, .dw – David Whittaker Audio File. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .DVR file with the Microsoft Windows Media Center, Microsoft Windows Media Player programs on Windows.