The extension ASX denotes Advanced Stream Redirector files. These are also known as Windows Media metafiles.
This format was developed on the XML syntax based on Microsoft Corporation and may be ANSI or Unicode (UTF-8) encoded.
The file contains a structure of items that reference specific actions or settings in Windows Media Player. For example, you can pass a list of media files that you want to process in a specific order. Also references to these files are possible.
This is one of the main applications of ASX files. They can be used to refer to files provided on the Internet, for example on web servers. These are then streamed and played using the Windows Media Player.
An ASX file can also contain instructions on how to present the corresponding medium. Also, meta information may be included that will overwrite information contained in the files.
The files can also be used to create playlists for Windows Media Player.
Most often resolving problems with opening ASX files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support ASX files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of ASX files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.
It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate ASX files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the VLC media player applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where VLC media player has been installed.
Sometimes problems with opening ASX files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as: