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Setting WinRAR to exclude specified files from being extracted

Q: Setting WinRAR to exclude specified files from being extracted

I would like to ask how to set WinRAR to exclude files with the exact filenames: 'thumbs.db' or '.DS_Store' (without the quotes, ignore case) from being extracted from an archive.

Ex. Files with these filenames should not be extracted:


while files with these filenames should be extracted:

Abcd thumbs.db.txt

In 'Settings->Security->Prohibited file types->File types to exclude from extracting', if I just type in 'thumbs.db .DS_Store' (without the quotes) in the field, will it work the way I described?

Also, does anyone know if WinRAR has a syntax guide for the Prohibited file types list in case I'd like to add more filenames or be flexible with the rules I need?

The reason for this question, is I'd like to not extract unnecessary files from ZIP, RAR or 7z archives in Windows 7 - files like Windows 2000/XP's Thumbs.db file (Thumbnail cache) and Mac OS X' .DS_Store file (Desktop Services Store), while not being too strict and also not extracting files which just contain 'Thumbs.db' or '.DS_Store' in its filename.

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A: Setting WinRAR to exclude specified files from being extracted

Yes, it should work.

Here is a piece from WinRar 4.0 Help file

Files to exclude
File masks and file names to exclude from the archiving operation. Wildcards are supported both in path and name parts of masks. If you need to specify several masks, separate them by spaces. If mask contains spaces, enclose it in quotes. For example, you may enter:

c:\temp\info.txt *.bak *.tmp *\temp\

to skip c:\temp\info.txt file, all .bak and .tmp files, all temp folders and all files in temp folders. You may enter file names manually or use "Append" button to browse for file to exclude.

Detailed information about exclusion masks syntax is provided in description of switch -x. This switch uses the same format of exclusion masks as "Files to exclude" field.

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I'm trying to help my coworker out, and I'm not sure what exactly I need to do to make this work.

What we're attempting to do is take a file containing a couple hundred files that are in pairs (IE: File 1.mp3, File 1.cdg, File 2.mp3, etc) and create individual zip files containing only the File 1 pair, the next only the File 2 pair, etc. The zip files would just need to take the name from the file name.

If WinRar can do this, can you please explain to me how to get it to do so? And if it can't, do you know of a (preferably free) program that can do this? Any help would be incredible. Thanks in advance.

A:Setting WinRar to put 2 files into each zip?

Not sure what the default setting is when you install Winrar.
So open Winrar and go to Options, Setting and click on the "Integration" button.
Now you can "select items to add to Explorer context menus".

So then you can highlight files and right-click Winrar and have the "select items" show up.

arcI know if you have lots of files in a folder and do the right-click and pick you can pick add to...archives and then options pops up where you can name the zip or rename the zip because it will name it by default what ever the name of the folder the files are in.
So your still be busy naming the zips unless File 1 pair is in it's own folder.
I think all zip programs work this way.

Do not know of other ways or programs but someone else may.

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hey people, help me please i need help... i have the same problem it happened like this:
i downloaded yugioh online game which is 1gb size... i downloaded it with internet download manager... then when it was downloaded i pressed "open with" and then i choose win rar then all my .exe files in the computer became like a paper with the win rar icon on it... and they wont open i cant open IE but for some reason i can open mozilla firefox... i cant open anything... and i can open a game... but there is another game "empire earth" which wont open.... i tried to download the files up... recover my files and these...but it wont open them... it says the same thing with rar files too... i need help and i cant restart the windows...

A:Winrar error - all .exe files have winrar icon - unknown format

i need help please... i got a windows vista and then i downloaded a game which is 1GB size... then when i used "open with" and clicked on win rar icon ... lot of my files and things became and icon which is a paper and a winrar icon on it... everytime i try to open anything it says "archive is either in unkown format or damaged" and i really need to fix this problem... and today some of the files became to their normal icons but they still dont open... i cant open internext explorer...i cant open almost all .exe files...
if u have any ideas plz tell me...
thanks a lot!!

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I used 7zip to open up a .gz zipped/archived file. It seems like 7zip extracts and downloads the files to open it? Is that correct? If so, where are the files located? Or is it just stored somewhere temporarily and then deleted after?

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When I extract files from a zipped folder, a folder is created but with no files in them. Yet, when I open a zipped folder, the files are visible but inaccessible. Help.

P.S. Running Vista Home Premium

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I have winrar files and in them i have many many important pictures...

However when i extract these pictures it extracts but i cannot see the pictures the folder simply just says 'folder is empty' but it is not empty.. i know this because in properties it says contains: 139 files.....:?:?

anyone have an idea?

A:Solved: Cannot see my Extracted files?

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When I extract a file or video to desktop I can't find it.
I retsart the pc and the file or video pop up,it does this
almost every time.Any help?

A:Extracted files on desktop

download this 7-Zip right click file needing to be extracted, expand 7zip and click extract to and choose the same name as the file you are unzipping, unzipp's will be there...
vidoe pop up? what? need more facts not random statements...

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Hey Guys
I have a little problem. FILES from capturing screens and videos, extracting compress file etc. are NOT showing immediately, I need to refresh the directory folder just to see it.

For example:

I will extract the "a.rar" it contains "a"
After extracting, no files were added to my desktop
But when i refresh my desktop
The file is now shown

A:Delay Showing Extracted Files

This could be related to a corrupted IconCache.db file. Delete C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db and restart your computer.

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I have a 64-bit Windows 8.1 HP. It came pre-installed 7-Zip. When I extract it changes the file names automatically upon extraction.

On my old Windows 7 desktop I had WinZip and this never happened. So I purchased and installed WinZip on the Windows 8.1 and the same thing happened, it changed the file name automatically.

I have tried all over the net and on this site to find a solution but to no avail. I also compared WinZip settings on the W7 and I can't really tell if they are the same as it is different on W8.1

My real concern is that when I extract the folder, it changes the files names adding additional characters where there would be spaces and then an extension of numbers.
Windows 7 did not do this at all. Please help!!! How can I turn this off?
Original file name
Bride & Groom -7
Extracted new file name done automatically

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I don't know if other people had this problem but I have a folder that I need to extract but apparently when I extract it to desktop, I click on the folder and noticed some files were missing. I check the unextracted folder and all the files were fine.
I realized when I extract the folder to desktop, the files aren't actually deleting because they seem to be there in the unextracted folder but not there when I extract them.
the next thing I tried is extracting one file that gets deleted from that folder into the desktop and then nothing happens. So the main thing is that the files wont extract to the desktop for a weird reason. I use McAfee anti virus and I tried disabling
everything possible from it and extracted the file. But it didn't work; also i'm running Windows 10.
All I know is that this is probably not from my antivirus and it has to do something with the file not being extracted.

Please help me fix this problem ASAP as the internet has no good answers or no answers at all.

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anybody know how to solve my problem? i delete them but every time at startup the are there again and its cloging up my desktop.

(PS.Its probly a realy stupid question)

A:cant delete extracted files from desktop

The easy way is to use Move_on_Boot. Works every time!

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My girlfriend was on the computer for a bit (she isn't very tech savvy by the way) and when I came back on to open My Documents, all my folders were gone replaced by the files that were located in each and every one of these same folders. Is there a way to revert this or do i have to go through the time-consuming job of regrouping every files into new folders?

Thanks for the help


A:My documents' folders have disappeared and extracted all files.

Hello Tom, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Is this in your Documents library by chance instead?

If so, click on View -> Arrange by -> Folder to see if that may help.

File and Folder Arrangement - Group by - Sort by - Arrange by

Hope this helps,

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I dowloaded a rar/zip files of 256MB however when i extracted is 3.58G what program can was used to compress too much?

A:I dowloaded a rar/zip files of 256MB however when i extracted is 3.58G what program c

What was the extension of the compressed file and what types of files did it contain?

But it really isn't about the program doing the compressing but the data that is being compressed. Some types of files, such as many image files, are already compressed and any attempts at further compression will accomplish little if anything. Some file types, such as text files and some others, compress very well.

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Is there any way in windows 7 the show hidden files and folder and show system files, however hide only desktop.ini's and thumbs.db? Don't need to seem them. Annoying.

A:show hidden files folders (exclude files)

Hello event3horizon,

The only way that I know of would be to have Show hidden files, folders, and drives selected (dotted), and to check the Hide protected operating system files box. Of course, all hidden protected OS files will hidden as well. Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide
If you like, you could use the context menu from either step 2 or 3 in the tutorial below to quickly toggle to show or hide all hidden files when you like. This way you see them all when you want to, and none when you don't.Show - Hide Hidden Files - Add to Context Menu
Hope this helps,

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Hello to everyone!I need the BIOS image for the laptop Lenovo Yoga 500-15ISK. My laptop doesn't turn on and I want to re-program the BIOS chip with the latest BIOS firmware. I am a technician and it is easy for me to re-program the BIOS chip. Could you give me the extracted files of the D3CN35WW.EXE file please? Thank you in advance!

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I am trying to find out how to exclude certain files and/or folders from the antivirus scan. I went into settings/antivirus/scans and risks, and excluded a folder, but whenever Norton scans, it still tells me a have a trojan horse (it is not).
Any instructions on how to do this?

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I've got a shared drive on my PC, and I'm trying to sync it using Offline Files. The process keeps failing because of the Recycle Bin file, $RECYCLE.BIN. Normal folders on other drives sync fine.

Does anyone know how to exclude $RECYCLE.BIN from Offline Files?

A:Exclude $RECYCLE.BIN from Offline Files?

Exclude Recycle bin from Offline Files (Windows Sync Centre)

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How to setup a password with WinRAR v4.00 on an archive (*.zip or *.rar) that is, currently, not protected by a password?

Thanks in advance.

A:WinRAR v4.00 -- setting a password on pure archive

~20 views; someone knows?

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Good morning,

PS. Folders means directory. I don't know if I used the correct word.
I'm currently working on a custom.xml file to be able to backup all folders of an user.
When I do a typical backup without custom.xml I've got a 2GB file.
When I add this custom.xml, I've got a ~500MB file with all C\Users\testuser\ folders and files (appdata, desktop, documents etc..)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <migration urlid="http://www.microsoft.com/migration/1.0/migxmlext/allfiles"> <component type="Documents" context="System"> <displayName>Test</displayName> <role role="Data"> <rules> <unconditionalExclude> <objectSet> <pattern type="File">c:\*[*]</pattern> </objectSet> </unconditionalExclude> </rules> </role> </component>
Picture showing which folders are remaining (and these are full of content (image taken by camera, favorites and so on)

Do you have some tip to help me achieve my objective : Getting the lowest backup with only folders remaining.
Best Regards,


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I have a problem with system restore where it backs up any file with a .dtt extension. I need to prevent system restore from backing up these file because they contain data. If I restore the system to an earlier point, any of the most recent .dtt files are removed. I have tried adding entries to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\BackupRestore\FilesNotToBackup in order to exlude a single file or entire folder without any success. I cannot locate the Vista equivalent to the filelist.xml file was is in Windows XP. Does anyone know of any other method to excluding .dtt files from system restores?


A:Exclude .dtt Files From Vista System Restore

Is it possible to move them to another directory? System restore mostly deals with C:\Program Files and C:\Windows\System32


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I would be grateful if someone had an answer to my question or perhaps someone knows an antivirus software that allows for such customization.

Very often I need to copy large files between various folders. Sometimes the same file gets shoveled around several times each day. Sometimes I simply manually back up my files. I know that these files are clean. But my antivirus (I'm using ESET Smart Security) keeps scanning them all the time. With large files the delay is rather noticeable and not necessary.

I know how to exclude certain folders or applications from scanning, but that's not the solution I'm looking for. I want the antivirus to be able to distinguish copy (or move) operations that I initiate manually, as opposed to some program (for instance, installer) doing it automatically. I want the antivirus to control any "automated" activity, but leave me alone when I move files by hand.

I don't see any obvious settings that can do such a thing. Perhaps, there is another software package?

A:How to exclude manually copied files from scanning by antivirus

Are these files in 'sub-directories'?

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Hi guys,
we don't like for sync the recycle bin during sync offline folder, but system do it automaticly. How to exclude it?
The same situation with subfolders 'My music' and 'My pictures'. We would like to sync 'My documents only'.
Please help!
Thank a lot

A:Exclude Recycle bin from Offline Files (Windows Sync Centre)

You can click “Start”,
 input “Managed offline files” in Search box and press Enter.
In the window of Offline Files, go to General and click “View your offline files”
Then you can manage offline files folder in it.

This link maybe helpful to you:
Hope it helps.

Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

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An error messages appears whenever I try to extract a folder to Program Files. It reads 'Cannot create folder C:\Program Files\Mozilia Firefox\abc'. I tried to first create the folder inside Program Files manually and then direct the extraction to it when I was prompted to choose the destination but it still wouldn't work. It says 'Cannot create folder so and so' and under that 'Access is denied'. I am using the computer as an administrator so I was bewildered when the message appeared. I am thinking that somehow the setting is preventing me to take control over Program Files. Vista's not so user friendly in this aspect.

Any thoughts?


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when i unzip a file using XP home's zip utility,on the last screen the option "show extracted files" is always checked by default. how can i permanently turn this off? tia.

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Hello. Last year I installed one utility called Wrye Bash used to manage and install mods for the game Oblivion. This particular utility is distributed as a .zip archive, it has no installer. The installation instructions tell to simply extract the archive to the same installation folder where the game was installed. This archive contains folders and subfolders within it. Since July last year, I haven't used or updated Wrye Bash, and 75 new versions were released! Now I'd like to uninstall it first before installing the new version. Uninstalling wouldn't be necessary if the files to be extracted from the new archive overwrote all the files extracted earlier from the old version archive, but this doesn't happen for all the files: some of them are not overwritten. This brings me to this forum.

I'd like to know if there's any way to automatically uninstall (delete) all the files extracted from an archive. There must be a simple way to achieve this I'm not aware of. The hard way would be in Windows explorer to select each and every file in the destination directory which was extracted there from the archive, and then delete them. Is there any easier way to do this? Basically, I wish to know if there's any way to undo the extracting procedure, by automatically removing the files which were extracted to the destination directory.

I was hoping that converting the original .zip archive to a SFX archive with WinRar, I could then use this .exe SFX archive both to install (extract... Read more

A:How to "uninstall" files extracted from an archive?

Since I wasn't getting any replies here, I posted the same question above in Computer Hope Forums here and I got support there.
I don't know why, but I was not able to edit my own post above to correct a few things, I couldn't find the button to do it, although I can read in this same page under Posting Rules: ?You may edit your posts?. I even sent a message reporting that issue to the Forum Administrator, but I didn't receive any replies.

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When extracting files (I use PowerDesk), a checkbox for "remove extracted files from archive" is an option. What does this do? Should I check or un-check?

A:"remove extracted files from archive"

You are probally no longer wondering this question but seems since no one answered you I thought I would.

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can anyone help , downloaded 3 big games they come in say 69 100,400 KB files rar files and i am trying to unrar them, burn or mount them but they just come out in smaller rar files. got power iso, tried doin it with that i get the iso image but not the bin files so i can load the game been trying for days with this thing driving me mad. can anyone help plz

A:Solved: unpack winrar files[into ,bin,cue files]

You're unlikely to get help with that kind of issue here as it's against the rules to assist with P2P or warez issues , which is what this sounds like . My apologies if I'm wrong on the source of your files ....

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I have downloaded a few movies lately that include as many as 20 WinRAR files. When I go to extract the WinRAR files, it says there are NO files included.

I have downloaded these type files before and had NO problem. I am wondering why I am having this problem now.

Help would be appreciated. Thank you

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i use winrar occasion at my office (small company) to compress stuff to burn on CD. it all on a network, or if a file is open at the time winrar get to archive it, it will not get it. is there a way to get around that? so i can .rar stuff up and not worry if someone left it open..

A:winrar files that are being used

I'm not aware of any option like that, a cursory look at WinRAR didn't turn anything up.

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I need a little help with something,,,,,,,A friend who I have lost contact with once sent me a program (OS) that was zipped up using the .rar format,,,there are several (27) rar files (910mb) and I am uncertain exactly what to do with all them,,,,,,From what he told me when this started,,,I was supposed to do something with the files (un-zip?) and then burn them to CD in order to create the program

Having little to no experience with WinRar and not sounding too novice,,,could it be as simple as un-zipping??? 910mg un-zipped could be extremly LARGE and would never fit on 1 CD,,, Or is there something with WinRar that I need to know??? Maybe a way of linking the .rar files together???

I am really kinda lost here and would GREATLY appreciate any help

A:WinRar files

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Hi. So I had a password protected winrar file, it had 10 files and 1 folder in it and I would add to it by draging new stuff in when I needed to. I recently added to it and it was fine, but then I went into it today and 8 files where gone and the folder, leaving only two files. I could open one of the files fine, but the other said wrong password even tho the password was correct, it let me view 1 file but not the other.
The atchal RAR file size has gone down also so I'm thinking my other files have gone for ever, but thought Id see if anyone new why this happened so I can advoid it in future, and ideally get the other files back if its possibable.
Not sure what else I can tell you, the files in there didn't jump from 2 to 10 Id added maybe one or two at a time over a few months, and I think when I first created it it had 4 files and a folder so I have no idea.

A:Winrar lost files

Can't help you get your files back buddy, sorry
I can recommend TrueCrypt though, much more stable and secure way to safely encrypt your files.

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By mistake i wanted to open a exe file with winrar and it didn't open and everything opens with winrar and i can't do anything about it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A:Help!!!! Winrar opens ALL .EXE FILES !!!!!!

Welcome to the Forums.

Default File Type Associations - Restore

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Never mind, was doing it the right way but the files I was compressing were already compressed to their smallest.

A:How do I compress files using WinRAR?

How to use WinRar (Easy Tutorial) - YouTube
How to compress files with WinRAR - YouTube

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About 10% of the files I download, Win RAR says are corrupt when I am extracting them. I know this is bs because others say they downloaded and extracted them fine. So what’s going on? I have no viruses or spyware.

A:Why does WinRAR always say files are corrupt?

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I have sent 2 screen shots in the attachments. I have not changed (that I'm aware of) anything that would change the text to Arabic. I have tried to go in and change in the region and language but its not working. Last time I even looked at the zip files they were in English.
I run McAfee for my virus protection and come up with no viruses.
I run Win 7 ultimate 32 bit operating system
I just want the Arabic OFF my computer. Any help would be great!!!!!
Thank you!!!!!

A:Win 32 WINRAR zip files are in arabic

Does anyone else have access to your computer who may have changed the language settings as a joke? Obviously your WinRAR is set to Arabic.

If you can't figure out where the language setting is (take a look at screenshots for the settings in English and go from there), I'd just uninstall WinRAR completely (make sure settings are removed too - not sure how WinRAR handles that) and do a fresh install. Good luck.

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Ok so I don't know what is wrong but whatever i download has an error. I have tried maple story and lineage 2 like 10 times downloading and re-downloading. Im able to download the whole file but when i got to extract it i have a reading error. PLEASE help!

A:[SOLVED] Winrar files help!!!!

What program are you using to extract the rars?

Where are you downloading the game files from?

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I've been playing in my registry, and no matter what I do I can't remove the association WinRAR has with zip files. I want my context menu to show Winzip for zip files, WinAce for ace files, and WinRAR for rar files, and the only piece of the puzzle that's not cooperating is WinRAR and zip files. Does anyone know which registry key I should be going after?

A:Unassociating WinRAR from .zip files?

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I have recently downloaded some  large RAR  files. I tried to extract them and I get the error message,
"invalid or corrupt authenticity information". They took me a long time to find and
download.who knows how to stop this error??

A:Problem with WinRar files

1.OpenWinrar from start menu.2.Browse to the corrupted rar file.
3.Inwinrar address bar enter the corrupted rar path, 
select the corrupt rar file.
4. From winrar menu bar click 'Repair'.
5. a new rar file with prefix 'fixed' will be created.
6. Rename the fixed rar file to the original corrupt rar file name.
7. Now extract and you should have your content without any errors out of RAR files.
If you are still experiencing the issue after you can try  RAR Fix Toolbox https://www.fixtoolbox.com/rarfix.html

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I tried to download 'Hi Jack this', which seemed to go ok. When I clicked on the 'Hi Jack this' icon on the desktop, a winRAR diagnostic message appeared saying 'either multipart or corrupt ZIP archive'? I can then break operation, copy to clipboard or close.

I have no idea what to do? I don't think that any of my zip files work because the same error msg appears every time!!!!

If anyone can help that would be great?

A:Zip files not working? winRAR

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When one enables/disables offline files via the Control Panel, does this affect all users of the machine, or only the user who was logged in at the time the change was made?

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Hello title says it all I accidently set winrar to open all exe files, basicly I can no longer open any programs and when I log onto my pc it just gives me an huge number of error messages and I cant access anything.
I found out how to fix this problem IF my pc was not turned off how ever I shut my pc down in the hope it would corrupt the previous data.
Any help on how to sort this would be apprecited as I have alot of work thats due soon for various subjects.
Thanks for any input -silver

A:WinRAR now opens all exe files (Urgent)

Have you tried restoring to a previous System Restore point?

File Extension Type - Unassociate

Default File Type Associations - Restore

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I'm trying to get mods for Call of Duty World at War (just on Solo) and basically I saved a game on "Horizon" and the mods are on Winrar, but I can't drag them into Horizon? I get a black circle with a line in it. I'm not sure if it's just a Windows 8 issue since I watched a Youtube video on how to do it, I did the exact same thing as him. Any help would be just great

A:Having trouble using Winrar, dragging files?


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How do i fix this i saw alot comment about this they said merge it but this error came to me (windows cannot find 'C:\users\......\desktop\default_exe.reg'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again) when i merge it. by the way i am windows 7 ultimate pls help me!!!!

A:i accidentally open with winrar to all my exe files!!!

Welcome to the Seven Forums
Take a look at this tutorial and see if it will help Default File Type Associations - Restore

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When I right click on a file and hover over send to and click on compressed zip file, a zip file is created but the icon isn't like a directory (the default one) but like a WinRar file. When I run it, WinRar opens the file.

I want the icon to look like a normal directory and the default program to open Zip files. I have unchecked 'ZIP' from WinRar's integration menu under options but still the problem isn't solved.

My main motive is to create a password protected directory and so I am creating a ZIP file which looks like a normal folder. If someone can provide an alternative to password protect a directory, I'll be more than happy. I prefer a software which gives me an option on right clicking the directory and password protecting a folder, so that when I try to open it next time it asks me for a password rather than creating a virtual disk and moving all my files there.


Abhishek Sharma

A:How do I stop WinRar from opening zip files?

Hello Abhishek,

Downloading and merging the ZIP option in the tutorial below will restore the default associations for ZIP files to have it open ZIP file by the built-in ZIP handler in Windows 7 again.

Default File Type Associations - Restore

Hope this helps,

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I am in a catch 22 situation. I recently installed a copy of Vista Ultimate on another comp that I have, just to get the feel of it, so that when all the bugs are out I can put it on my main comp.

My problem is that to try out Vista I need things like WinZip WinRar and various other programs all of which I already have on my other comp. I have no trouble transferring them from one comp to the other
one. That’s when my problem starts.

How do you open WinZip or WinRar when you don’t have a working WinZip or WinRar on the comp you are transferring files to?

I have tried WinZip Crystal but all I get when I try to install it is a very quick flash of what looks like a Dos page and nothing else

I know that this problem can be answered by someone but it's got me beat at the moment.. Any help would be appreciated

A:I can't open Winzip or Winrar files..

Hi numinbah, Welcome to TSF!

Vista? is a pretty 'smart' Operating System that has a default file compressor on-board, that will allow you to open such files until you 'replace' it with WinZip? or WinRAR?.

Hope this answers your query.

Kind Regards,

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