Unzipping compressed files w/ Vista

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by bookie, Feb 16, 2008.

  1. bookie

    bookie Guest

    I have downloaded compressed (zip format) pictures from a favorite website.
    The Vista help section for unzipping these files is to extract them by
    dragging from one location to another location. I have tried this, but it
    doesn't work. However, a while ago, I had downloaded one of these compressed
    files to my Desktop and then copied it to "Pictures" folder. I tried the
    procedure for loading new wallpaper using the Vista's built-in procedure on
    the Desktop by initiating the procedure by right-clicking and following the
    instructions. This procedure successfully used the compressed file and
    installed the new wallpaper as well as placing an unzipped format of the file
    in my Pictures folder. But, when I try to download another picture, I can't
    get it to unzip and when I open a copy of this, the window pulsates
    abnormally and locks my computer.

    Any suggestions?
    bookie, Feb 16, 2008
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  2. bookie

    Mr. Arnold Guest

    Download Winzip for Vista, you can use the full evaluation free for about 50
    unzips or something, and then you buy Winzip for $20 and be done with it.
    Mr. Arnold, Feb 16, 2008
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  3. bookie

    Buggs1a Guest

    Vista unzips by itself.
    Also don't get winzip. rip off when there's better free apps like WinRAR.
    Buggs1a, Feb 16, 2008
  4. bookie

    forty-nine Guest

    Try right clicking, then EXTRACT.
    What the hell is so hard about that, I don't know ?
    pron zips are known to be unstable.
    forty-nine, Feb 16, 2008
  5. bookie

    Mr. Arnold Guest

    It doesn't work on this Vista machine, and I got tired of trying to figure
    it out why Vista is blasting off to the moon when it encountered a zip
    It works for me, and you don't tell me what to do, keep it to yourself.
    Mr. Arnold, Feb 16, 2008
  6. bookie

    bookie Guest

    There is no EXTRACT button when right-clicking! I tried this option long ago.
    As for winrar, I just did a Google-search for this software and it's NOT free.
    There is a free download, but one must purchase it later at $29.00. Plus,
    there are limitations w/ the initial download (winrar version 3.71).
    bookie, Feb 16, 2008
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    aslan Guest

    Try 7zip (http://www.7-zip.org/). It's free. It has never failed to open any
    zip file so far on my Vista machine.

    aslan, Feb 16, 2008
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    LesleyO Guest

    For me, double-clicking .zip files opens them just fine in my Vista Home
    Premium. Mine is a new machine with Vista preinstalled, not an upgrade --
    don't know if that would make a difference.
    LesleyO, Feb 17, 2008
  9. bookie

    Brink Guest

    Hi Bookie

    See if applying these reg patches will fix your Vista ZIP feature. The
    will restore ZIP back to the default settings




    Hope this helps


    *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask them.*
    '*Vista Forums*
    *Please post feedback to help others.*
    Brink, Feb 17, 2008
  10. bookie

    bookie Guest

    I'll seriously consider your suggestion
    bookie, Feb 17, 2008
  11. bookie

    bookie Guest

    I am going to print this out and try it and hope that it works for me. I'll
    the "7-zip" software as a possible alternative.
    bookie, Feb 17, 2008
  12. bookie

    bookie Guest

    My computer is a new eMachine purchased at Best Buy that I purchased a
    few months ago, and it had Vista Home Premium pre-installed. With a
    downloaded compressed file, I have right-clicked and tried opening this
    file. The result was that the window began to pulsate abnormally and
    my computer locked. I couldn't do anyting but clicking start and logging off.
    The built-in help for Vista talks about dragging the file from one location to
    another, but, in my case, it did nothing to help the situation.
    bookie, Feb 17, 2008
  13. bookie

    bookie Guest

    My problem is NOW SOLVED!!! Aslan's and Brink's solution led to the same
    topic, although I didn't know when I started. When I used Brink's "http"
    address for files, I followed the appropriate links which eventually sent me
    to a link for downloading "7-zip", which Aslan had recommended.

    I downloaded 7-zip and executed it. I went to a favorite website containing
    compressed files (jpeg pictures). When I right-clicked on the picture, I got
    a menu, one of the items being "7-zip". I clicked on "7-zip" and my picture
    was immediately converted.

    Thanks to all, especially Aslan and Brink. As for the user group associated
    with Brink's suggestion, I might consider becoming one of the registered
    members in the future.
    bookie, Feb 17, 2008
  14. bookie

    Brink Guest


    I'm glad that you resolved your problem. I use 7-Zip myself for the
    extra zip features that Vista just does not have. Hopefully I'll bump
    into in the forum.



    *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask them.*
    '*Vista Forums*'
    *Please post feedback to help others.*
    Brink, Feb 17, 2008
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