Opening .rar files
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Armorel Young  Identity Verified
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Sep 6, 2010

I have been sent some files in .rar format. I haven't encountered this file extension before but Google tells me I need WinRAR to open them. Is this going to be simple to use and operate? I see that there is a free trial version of WinRAR, but how do I know whether I need the 32-bit or the 64-bit version?

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Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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One of the best (if not the best) archive programs available Sep 6, 2010

You just install winRAR (to be purchased at www.rarlab.com), then save the file in a desired location of your hdd, right clik the file and say "Expand here". That's all.

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Armorel Young  Identity Verified
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32 bit or 64 bit? Sep 6, 2010

Sorry, Marilyne, hadn't seen your helpful posting!

[Edited at 2010-09-06 20:36 GMT]


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Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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Start - Control Panel - System - Operating system type Sep 6, 2010

it will tell you if you have 32 or 64 bit Windows.
However, the 32 bit version of RAR will work also on a 64 bit computer, AFAIR.


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John Fossey  Identity Verified
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Free program Sep 6, 2010

Another free program is at www.7-zip.org.

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Anja Weggel  Identity Verified
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Filzip Sep 6, 2010

My favourite program is Filzip (http://www.filzip.com), it is free, stable and supports .ace, .arc. arj, .cab, .gz, .lha, .jar, .rar, .tar and of course .zip, so you only need one program for all your needs.

Have fun
Anja


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Armorel Young  Identity Verified
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Thank you everyone Sep 6, 2010

I've downloaded the trial version of WinRAR and it has opened the files perfectly, so for the time being the problem is solved!

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Nico Wagner  Identity Verified
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WinRAR Sep 6, 2010

WinRAR will continue to work even after the 30 day trial-period expires, all that happens is a nag-screen that appears when you open the program...

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Eyob Fitwi  Identity Verified
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try peazip Sep 7, 2010

I see that your problem is solved, but just as a suggestion, try PeaZip from http://peazip.sourceforge.net/

It opens a lot more compressed files than just WinRAR ones, and it won't bother you with a nagging screen after a 30-day trial; its free.


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Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)  Identity Verified
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Double byte file name and *.rar file Sep 8, 2010

If your file to extract is a double-byte file name [e.g. Japanese, Chinese, Korean file names], you need the respective RAR program to unzip or you get a file handling failure message. Just rename to a single-byte file name before unzipping and it is OK.

Soonthon Lupkitaro


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