zip files of pictures are retrieved as text files

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by SandyDee, May 20, 2007.

  1. SandyDee

    SandyDee Guest

    I have received several emails with pictures from family, but when I download
    them and open the zip file they show up as text files. I have tried changing
    the "open with" program to Coral Snapfire or Photo Shop or even Internet
    explorer and I get an error message from all of them saying that they are the
    wrong kind of file. They automatically open in Notepad or wordpad and when I
    open them it's a a lot of code that looks like jibberish. Can you offer
    assistance? Thanks you.
     
    SandyDee, May 20, 2007
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  2. SandyDee

    dev Guest

    /SandyDee/ said:
    When files are attached to a mail message they are encoded as
    (gibberish) text.

    When received, the browser decodes the text - back to its original
    format. Depending upon the browser, it may require that the attachment
    MIME type be correctly identified - or that the file extension be correct.

    Try attaching a .jpg (most common graphic format) file to a message to
    yourself. If you receive it as an image, then the problem may lie at
    the sender end.

    Report your results here, and more help will be offered.
     
    dev, May 21, 2007
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  3. SandyDee

    PNutts Guest

    Any chance you use AOL? I had the same problem sending pictures to my
    father-in-law. He uses AOL and when I attached more than one picture to an
    e-mail (with Yahoo!), they arrived as a zip file and AOL couldn't display the
    contents as pictures. When I sent one picture per e-mail, they arrived just
    fine.
     
    PNutts, May 21, 2007
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  4. Downloading and applying the .zip file association fix from here helps.

    File association fixes for Windows Vista:
    http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/105/1/

    --
    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


    I have received several emails with pictures from family, but when I download
    them and open the zip file they show up as text files. I have tried changing
    the "open with" program to Coral Snapfire or Photo Shop or even Internet
    explorer and I get an error message from all of them saying that they are the
    wrong kind of file. They automatically open in Notepad or wordpad and when I
    open them it's a a lot of code that looks like jibberish. Can you offer
    assistance? Thanks you.
     
    Ramesh, MS-MVP, May 21, 2007
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  5. SandyDee

    SandyDee Guest

    Dev, I did try your suggestion and I sent 4 pictures (they were jpg. files)
    to myself and they opened just fine. Any suggestion on how to fix the pics I
    received from family members. I used to receive pictures from them all the
    time before I had VISTA and I never had a problem opening them. I asked my
    neice if she had sent them differently this time and she said she wasn't. Any
    suggestions?
     
    SandyDee, May 22, 2007
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  6. SandyDee

    SandyDee Guest

    PNutt You are correct, I am on AOL, but I have been on AOL for years and
    have never had this problem until I got VISTA. Not sure what the difference
    is.
     
    SandyDee, May 22, 2007
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  7. SandyDee

    SandyDee Guest

    Ramesh, when I try to download the fix and open the zip file to extact the
    reg file it trys to open it with Adobe photo shop but it can't open, it says
    it's the wrong kind of file, then when I try to open it with Snapfire I get
    the same response. Can you give me better direction? Please and thanks.
     
    SandyDee, May 25, 2007
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  8. Hi SandyDee,

    It appears that the .exe file association in your system is messed up as well. Try this:

    Save the .zip file association fix (zipfix_vista.reg) to the Desktop. Start Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) from Start, Search box. In the registry editor, click "File", click "Import", and select the file zipfix_vista.reg that you downloaded earlier.

    See also:

    Restore the .exe file association in Windows Vista, after incorrectly associating it with another application:
    http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/165/1/

    --
    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


    Ramesh, when I try to download the fix and open the zip file to extact the
    reg file it trys to open it with Adobe photo shop but it can't open, it says
    it's the wrong kind of file, then when I try to open it with Snapfire I get
    the same response. Can you give me better direction? Please and thanks.
     
    Ramesh, MS-MVP, May 25, 2007
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  9. SandyDee

    SandyDee Guest

    Thanks for the clarification, but I tried that and it still doesn't work. At
    least now it doesn't open them with Adobe Print Shop. When I open the zip
    files it shows that the type of file is a text file. Is there a way to
    change that? is that from their end or mine? I have received many past
    emails with pictures from them andnever had problems opening them, only now,
    since I've had Vista, so I find it hard to believe it's from their end. Any
    other advise would be appreciated.

     
    SandyDee, Jun 3, 2007
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  10. SandyDee

    Mark Bourne Guest

    Have you tried saving the .zip file to your desktop (or elsewhere on
    disk) and opening from there?

     
    Mark Bourne, Jun 3, 2007
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