Solved How to Unzip a Zip File

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August 26, 2017 at 10:57:24
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Pentium D 925
A relatively simple question, I think. I downloaded a file from Amazon, and rather than a a WP3 file it is a Zip File. How do I unzip a zip file.

Tx, Uncle Dewey


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August 27, 2017 at 16:30:22
When the Windows based facilities are working properly a zip file just appears like a folder with the file or files inside it. However it is still compressed and for most purposes you have to copy the file or files elsewhere. There is a possibility you could get it to open with "Windows Explorer" and cure the problem.

Whenever you install a third party program like 7-Zip it is liable to take over everything. If you don't want this you either uninstall it or go into settings to decide which file types you want it to act upon.

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#1
August 26, 2017 at 11:35:06
Usually they're constructed to unzip when you double-click on them.

In older times if they weren't constructed to unzip when you (double-)clicked on them then you had to have a zip/unzip utility both to make and open such files.

These days it seems win-7 onwards has a built-in facility...

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQO...

https://grok.lsu.edu/article.aspx?a...

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August 26, 2017 at 13:42:59
Just to help understanding. When you open a zip file by double clicking it on Win 7 onwards you see the contents but it is still compressed. This is why you then have to drag and drop (or copy) the contents elsewhere, such as into an empty folder. What you then see is the uncompressed files which you can work on in the normal way.
If a zip file happened to contain, for instance, a bunch of music files then you would still be able to play each one individually from within the zip file by double clicking on it.

Hope the above helps rather than hinders LOL.

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August 26, 2017 at 14:08:04
Hi Guys,

Unfortunately when I right click the file I get a window saying that Windows wants to know what program I want to use to open the file--it gives a choice of searching my computer or the web to find the program I want to use to open the file. I don't see any program I can use. I checked TRVI's sites, but they all indicate I should see "Extract" when trying to open the file, but that is not there. {:-(((

Uncle Dewey


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August 26, 2017 at 14:14:12
First of all check the Unzip a File/Folder part of this:
http://www.inmotionhosting.com/supp...
This "should" work.

If you are still in trouble you can use a free program called 7-Zip (which I use myself for files that MS don't touch):
http://www.7-zip.org/
Select the download top left (32 or 64 bit depending on your system)

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#5
August 26, 2017 at 14:28:55
Hi Guys,

I was too impatient and selected another and seemingly the same song, and it was in the MP format. I have also now downloaded there 7-zip program you suggested and will test later.

Thanks a bunch. Uncle Dewey


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August 26, 2017 at 15:20:01
OK, thanks for letting us know.

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August 27, 2017 at 10:37:34
I prefer PeaZip. But even without it, you should be able to unpack a .ZIP file in Win7 by simply right clicking on it & selecting "extract all".

https://www.top-password.com/blog/w...

http://www.peazip.org/


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August 27, 2017 at 14:24:59
The problem, Rider, is when I open the file it does not offer me "extract all"? Hmmm? I just tried it again and was offered 7-zip. As noted earlier I downloaded 7-zip which worked, but and never used it, and is now zIp program.

Thanks for your interest. Uncle Dewey


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August 27, 2017 at 14:31:15
Some zip/unzip utilities open a zip file into window showing the contents; and there is an option at that stage to extract files..

At least that's how winzip used to work. But as I haven't used windows based zip/unzip utilities for an age (I'm mostly on Mac OS these days) I may be somewhat out of date/touch with current such utilities?


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August 27, 2017 at 16:30:22
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When the Windows based facilities are working properly a zip file just appears like a folder with the file or files inside it. However it is still compressed and for most purposes you have to copy the file or files elsewhere. There is a possibility you could get it to open with "Windows Explorer" and cure the problem.

Whenever you install a third party program like 7-Zip it is liable to take over everything. If you don't want this you either uninstall it or go into settings to decide which file types you want it to act upon.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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