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Winrar extracts files i choose to open & opens random file

  1. #1

    Posts : 5
    Windows 8

    Winrar extracts files i choose to open & opens random file

    I have bought a sony waio laptop last December. I installed winrar 4.2 64bit. But whenever I open any zipped folder and chose to open a specific file, winrar would extract out that file. Then, instead of opening that file, it would open any random file from the folder in which the zipped folder exists (i.e. it would open any file outside the zipped folder).
    I have tried re-installing. I have also tried running the program into Vista and windows 7 compatibility mode but none helps.
    System configuration:
    Model No : Sony Vaio SVS15125CNB
    Operating System Windows 8 64 bit
    Intel Core i5-3210M Processor 2.50 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.10 GHz
    RAM 4 GB DDR3
    Graphics Accelerator NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE GPU(SPEED MODE) / Intel HD Graphics 4000(STAMINA MODE)
    Dedicated Video Memory 2 GB DDR3 (SPEED MODE)
    Display - Type 15.5 (39.37 cms) wide (Full HD: 1920 x 1080) TFT colour display (VAIO Display Plus, LED backlight)
    Please help....

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  2. #2

    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64

    Hello Carox, welcome to the forums.

    It may be due to an older zip format that the archive was created with or some bugs that may exist related to Winrar and zip.
    Maybe the program's settings that cover archiving are changed from defaults. If you uninstall, the program's settings are kept and a new reinstall will use them again.

    Known normal behavior:
    If you open an archive within another archive (zip in zip for instance) then the inner archive will be extracted to temp first and then opened.

    Try other programs as well: Winrar 5.00 beta and 7-Zip 9.20 to see how the archive gets opened.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 5
    Windows 8

    Hello Hopachi,
    Firstly, Thanks. My problem is solved with winrar 5 beta. I was facing this problem since 7 months.
    However, I would still want to know why was I facing that problem. The program is with both file formats- .rar and .zip and it was not specific to any particular archived file but with all, no matter when it was created and with what version.
    It is possible that the program settings were changed but I dunno how to restore the default settings. Also, as a solution to this I had installed Zipeg which was functioning fine, but for some extra features provided by winrar, I had to keep coming back to it.
    Thanks a ton!
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  4. #4

    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64

    You're welcome.

    Quote Originally Posted by Carox
    I would still want to know why was I facing that problem.
    That can be very technical, incompatibilities, they've updated file formats, a lot of stuff has been added. A good place to start is to check the change-logs of all in-between versions:
    WinRAR archiver, a powerful tool to process RAR and ZIP files

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  5. #5

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8

    You must run Winrar with administrator's rights and it will work fine. (You can set it to run always as administrator, as I have done and it works perfectly)

    Winrar version 4.11 x64
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