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Zip files no longer download as zip

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  1. Allicia_T

    Allicia_T Thread Starter

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    System details below the details of my issue

    I'm not sure exactly what happened. I have windows 8.1, and I have it set up so that I can use is pretty as I did my windows 7, with a desktop.
    I'm lost with the windows 8 'desktop' tiles style.
    So I'll ask for directions, if possible, based on accessing things from my 'desktop' instead.

    I went to open an unzipped file in my Paint shop pro 7 program. It was a tube file (.psp or .jsl or .pfr. or .tub, most likely the first or the later of those) I downloaded as a zip previous to this issue. Anyways it said it was not a file my psp could open. So I right-clicked it and said open with Paint instead, that usually works and then I can save it as a .gif or .jpeg and open in PSP.

    Well, when I said open with, instead it somehow converted ALL my downloaded zip files on my computer to "paint" files, and any zip I try to download now is created as a 'paint' file. Of course this makes it a file I cannot access since it was a zip and not a paint file to begin with. All i can think is that I somehow inadvertently set my computer to use Paint as default for 'unzipping' zipped files.

    Image A:
    When I click on the .tub file to download it as a zip, this is the screen that comes up. I say save, so it goes to my download folder in Mozilla firefox.

    Image B:
    When I go to my download folder, instead of being a zip file, it's been changed to a 'paint' file, thus that paint icon next to name.

    Image C:
    So of course when I go to open it, since it's a zip file, paint can't open it, as this message in image C confirms.

    Any ideas how I can reverse/fix this? In windows7, I've have been inclined to set my computer back to the latest restore date prior to this issue, but windows 8.1, I've learned is a different species entirely.

    I download and use a lot of graphics, so unzip regularly, which makes this a big issue for me.
    Sorry I can't give more details of exactly what/how what happened did. I have no idea.

    Oh, I was apparently always using whatever 'unzip' utility comes with windows 8.1, since I never downloaded and installed any program for that.
    I also have AVG Internet security 2015, which is not included in the system info below.

    Thanks for reviewing this and hopefully we can fix this.

    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro, 64 bit
    Processor: AMD FX(tm)-4170 Quad-Core Processor, AMD64 Family 21 Model 1 Stepping 2
    Processor Count: 4
    RAM: 8173 Mb
    Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6450, 1024 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 453517 MB, Free - 411203 MB; M: Total - 499997 MB, Free - 499212 MB; S: Total - 119247 MB, Free - 85769 MB; T: Total - 119223 MB, Free - 87204 MB;
    Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., GA-970A-DS3
    Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled
     

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    Is there anyway to reset file associations without downloading a program to do it? I am very weary about downloading programs, especially free ones, even though, no doubt you wouldn't recommend it, if wasn't safe. I'm just very cautious. The other concern, after reading the www.thewindowsclub.com link and that fix for file associations, it said create a back-up restore point before running the fix, but would I just be saving the issue I'm trying to fix if I do that?

    Also a Friend sent me this link for a restore in 8/8.1. Do you think this might resolve the issue if I restore back to date previous to this occurrence yesterday?

    Thanks for feedback. Not ruling anything out, just exploring my options before I do anything. Tech Guy has come through for me many times. :).
     
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    Right click on one of the .zip files and select 'Open with.' That may show the program you want to select or you may have to click on 'More options' or whatever to find and select (and set as default) the one you want.

    Or, of course, Control Panel - View by small or large icons - Default Programs. Either 'Set your default programs' or 'Associate a file type or protocol with a program' should let you set the desired program for .zip files.
     
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    The trouble is they know longer download as a .zip but as a paint file (see paint icons in images). So I need to get them downloading as zips again. Anyone know what the unzip program in windows 8.1 is called? If they still downloaded in the zipped format, then doing open with would seem to be the solution. Perhaps If i know the name of the program to say open with...that might work. Can't find the name in the program files info.
     
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    As that article Dave linked to says, File Explorer.
     
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    Allicia_T Thread Starter

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    Oh my goodness! By golly I got her fixed!

    Thanks everyone! :) (y)

    After reading and checking out all the links, I figured there had to be a way to reset to the default app, and once I read it's "file explorer" for the default in windows 8/8.1 I figured out how.

    Just in case anyone sees this thread and has similar issue:

    Swipe or hover mouse over up right corner of monitor/screen > settings > pc settings> search and apps > default.
    From there, since I knew it was .zip where the issues started, i chose > choose default by file type > scrolled down to .zip. It was showing Paint! So, I click on that, and file explorer was indeed listed, and selected that! Bang! A .tub and .psp zip file did indeed download as a .zip and windows explorer opened it!

    WHEW! Back in business and I will sleep easier!
     
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