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jumprun3
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Windows 7 Cannot Open zip files

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I'm almost certain that in the past my Dell Inspiron 580 with Windows 7 could open zip files.

Last month I had to replace my internal hard drive and reinstall Windows from the disks I bought from Dell.  Now whenever I try to open a zip file I've downloaded I get an alert which says Windows Explorer cannot open it. 

I see a lot of different programs you can buy or download for free which claim to allow you to unzip files.  Isn't Windows supposed to be able to open zip files by itself? 

Are there any free, downloable zip file openers which will work with 64-bit Windows 7?

 

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Re: Windows 7 Cannot Open zip files

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Hello Jumprun,

Zipping or unzipping files is not windows features. Third party software like WinZip, WinRAR, 7Zip are used to zip and unzip files. You may download them by clicking on the program you want to download. 
WinZip
WinRAR
7Zip 

Hope this helps!

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Allan D
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jumprun3
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Re: Windows 7 Cannot Open zip files

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Thanks...of the 3 I believe 7Zip is the only free one.  Is it any good?

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Philip_Yip
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7zip is great. Install from here http://www.7-zip.org/download.html 

Once installed right click the .rar, .7z, .iso file and select 7zip > extract to "...".

Alternative right click a folder and select 7zip > add to archive "...".

 

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jumprun3
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Re: Windows 7 Cannot Open zip files

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Excellent!  I'll try 7zip.

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jumprun3
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Re: Windows 7 Cannot Open zip files

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I downloaded 7zip but I don't understand what I'm supposed to right click.  where is the. rar, .7z, etc.?  Am I supposed to run something to set up 7zip?

When I go to a zip file and select "open with" I don't see 7zip as a choice, even though it's downloaded.  All the zip files I download somehow appear as adobe files, but of course adobe can't open them.

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Re: Windows 7 Cannot Open zip files

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Hi jumprun3,

Yes, you have to install the 7-Zip software by double clicking on the installation file that you have download. You will get the "7-Zip" option in “Open With” after the installation and Windows should display all the zip files as 7-Zip files.

You will have to set the default program in Windows, if the files are still displayed as Adobe files after installing 7-Zip, by following the steps provided in the following link:
http://bit.ly/2hgBSq

Please let me know if you need further assistance.

Thanks and Regards,
Rajath N
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Dr Philip Yip
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RE: Windows 7 Cannot Open zip files

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Zipping or unzipping files is not windows features.

actually, it IS a windows feature that's supposed to be built into windows.  Installing Winzip or 7-zip is a valid work-around, but not at all a solution to the actual problem.

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RE: Windows 7 Cannot Open zip files

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allan your right, so how do I fix win7 to where I have it? I have a HP image pc

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