HOW DO I Unzip backup cds in Vista WHICH WONT OPEN

May 7, 2012 at 03:17:19
Specs: Windows Vista

I backed up my computer onto CDs and now when I try to Unzip them I get asked what program to use to do this... All I know is that they are image files and word docs and pdfs... What program do I do to access to get to the next amount of files??? Please please can you help me as had also backed up on external hardrive which was subsequently stolen! It has all my photos on this so is terribly important!!! Many thanks in hope you can advise. I see a prog WINZIP on my programs but it is not there! Have also run scans on the computer which repairs things ... could this have done it... Anyway any help would be gratefully appreciated! Hope I put this in the right category.... sorry not lit ..... so need simple language to understand!

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May 7, 2012 at 04:02:29

Windows Vista has built-in capability to unzip zip folders and files, but obviously it cannot unzip them to your backup CD. They have to be unzipped to your hard drive.

You don't need WinZip to do it, like I said Windows Vista can do it anyway.

First create a new folder on your desktop.
Now copy a zip-folder from your backup CD to the empty desktop folder.
Right-click that zip-folder that's on your desktop and choose "Extract all".

When the dialog-box appears, click "Extract".
You should now see the files from that zip-folder.

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May 7, 2012 at 04:49:32

Tried that but it still tries to open in Word...! Right clicking does not give me an option to extract the file... Open With...??? again... thats the prob! When windows full backup compresses the files to disc which programs does it use to do this?? is there another way at it...!

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May 7, 2012 at 05:03:37

Most back up programs use compression like Zip but often is is not the same. You need to use the back up program that made the files in the first place. If this was the Vista built in back up then just put in the disk and launch the back up program and tell it to Restore your files and point it to the CD/DVD disk or copy the disk(s) to the hard drive into a folder and then do the restore from there. You will be given an opportunity to restore some or all files. If any of the files still exist on your system then you will be asked if you want to replace the existing file or not. If you used a different program than you need to use THAT program to restore your files. This is why I recommend using the Windows back up utility since if Windows is working then you already have the program installed, which is convenient if you just had to reinstall or rebuild your operating system. If you used a different program then you may need to find that program again and install it again. If it was a download and you did not make a CD with the installer and cannot find it or it is not available, you are in trouble.
Zip files carry the extension .zip but other proprietary formats have their own extensions and need the correct program to use them/unpack them.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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