How to open rar archive when you don’t have WinRAR installed

by Rohit Khurana on August 31, 2008

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Trouble:

One of a reader reported us a simple problem on how to open compressed RAR file format when you don’t have WinRAR installed, or some times a user may not know what .rar file mean and which program to use to open .rar file.

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This is quite common and simple trouble which can be easily dealt with two type of solutions.

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Let’s see what are the two potential fixes to this problem.


Fix:

Two Method to solve the problem are listed below

Method 1:

You can simply open .RAR file by downloading the shareware version of WinRAR from here, but it would be a shareware version it wont offer full features of WinRAR

Method 2:

The complete solution to this problem could be solved by using a open source, free compression and decompression software called 7-Zip, download it from here.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Ashish August 31, 2008 at 8:46 am

7zip’s pretty nifty tool, but i’ve not been able to open split rar files (spanning across multiple files; typically downloded through torrents) with it. i still had to resort to WinRAR for this…do lemme knw how can i go abt it with 7zip

Shanta August 31, 2008 at 12:33 pm

Agreed, 7-zip is not optimal for RAR. Personally I use BitZipper which also has a cool batch-tool that can extract multiple RARs and ZIPs at once.

zipeg September 1, 2008 at 9:03 am

Zipeg http://www.zipeg.com is free and work on both Mac and Windows. Opens RAR and ZIP files and many others. Great for digital photo archives.

shashi September 8, 2008 at 10:07 pm

dear all,

whenever I am copying some documents from a web site through Internet Explorer and paste in MS word then word is going to hang position and saying that not responding.

But the same thing whenever I am copying this through fire fox it is working properly.

please support me.
thanks
shashi

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