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Old school pimp

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#1 12 years ago

Sometimes I download zip files and at the end of the file it's .rar. I have 'show extensions' turned off but it's still recognized by the computer as an .rar even though it's a .zip and the .rar ending on the file is just really part of the file name. Why does this happen to me?

Von II

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#2 12 years ago

maybe it is because you use WinRAR for opening .zip docs. And why is it that a problem? If oyu have Winrar you can open both.


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#3 12 years ago

Why not ? I mean, someone very well may put a ZIP in a RAR file and decide to name the resulting file , just the same as .tar.gz are gziped .tar files ...

Also, if you have WinRAR installed and associated to ZIP archives, it will probably tell you that's a "WinRAR archive" file type, just meaning it will open with WinRAR (even though that's not actually a .RAR file).


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#4 12 years ago

if you can unzip it, there is no real problem, you can also rename them as you like

Mr. Pedantic

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#5 12 years ago

I don't see the problem here...they're both compressed files...they are both opened with WinRAR...what's supposed to be wrong?