The File Extensions Database

.BKS File Extension

  • Developer by: Microsoft
  • Category: Settings Files
  • Format: Text

What is an .BKS file?

.BKS is NTBackup Settings File

File used by NTBackup, a Windows program used to create backups; stores a list of backup directories and file names in a plain text format; may specify directory or file inclusions and exclusions; may also specify to backup the system state.

BKS files are used to create automated backups of Windows files. They may store files, registry information, and other system status information. When executed, NTBackup creates .BKF backup files.

File Type 2 Microsoft Works Spreadsheet Backup File
Developer by: Microsoft Category: Spreadsheet Files Format: Binary

Spreadsheet backup file (.WPS file) created by Microsoft Works; generated automatically as a backup in case the original spreadsheet file becomes corrupted and cannot be opened.

The file extension may need to be changed from ".bks" to ".wps" in order to open correctly.

NOTE: Microsoft Works has been discontinued and is no longer available.

Programs that open Microsoft Works Spreadsheet Backup File
Microsoft Works
Microsoft Excel 2016

How to solve problems with BKS files

  • Associate the BKS file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any BKS file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.BKS files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the BKS file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .BKS is NTBackup Settings File. Because only the current version supports the latest BKS file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Microsoft manufacturer website after an available .BKS is NTBackup Settings File update.
  • To make sure that your BKS file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.