Zip is one of the amazing compression file formats in which files are compressed to reduced size and saved securely as a single container with the .zip file extension. WinZip is the default application used to create/unzip ZIP archives. But sometimes, few downloaded Zip files refuse to unzip/decompress on Windows 7 systems due to faulty application settings on the system. One such situation is Windows 7 fails to open Zip file showing an error that Windows could not find default program associated with this file. In this kind of situation, the user might have to lose entire data present in that Zip file.
There are various causes to trigger file association issue on Windows 7, which will corrupt the ZIP file that was tried to open on it. The major causes are
- Corruption of .zip file association on Windows 7
- Missing/uninstalling default program set to open Zip file on Windows 7
File association is simply assigning the applications installed in Windows 7 system to open particular file types by default with associated program whenever the user tries to open the file. By default ZIP file on Windows 7 should get open in Windows Explorer or WinZip application. And if this program is not available or if file association is corrupt then Zip archive might get corrupt leading to inaccessibility of data present in that archive. Hence, it is suggested to set correct default programs to open particular file types on Windows 7. If there is no default program set to open Zip files on Windows 7, then you can try setting it by following these steps:
Go to Start menu -> Select Default Programs -> click on Set your Default Programs -> Select the application and choose which file types should be opened in this program and Click OK.
This might fix Zip file association on Windows 7. However, the Zip file that got corrupt due to incorrect file association on Windows 7 can only be repaired in order to extract its contents. In order to repair such corrupted Zip archives the best method used is to employ third-party Zip repair utility. According to data recovery experts, Zip Repair is the best software to mend corrupted Zip file on Windows 7 with ease. The tool has a user-friendly interface that supports Zip repair just in single click. Also, it can fix various issues of inaccessible, damaged, large sized, not opening Zip archives without much difficulty.
Procedure to fix Zip file on Windows 7:
Download ZIP Repair tool on your Windows 7 computer. Install and run the utility with the help of instructions given. In main screen, click on Browse button to choose corrupted Zip file to be repaired and click on Repair button. Next, software performs a clean scan to fix all irregularities of that Zip file and outputs resulting healthy Zip archive in new window. Click on Preview button to view the contents of fixed Zip folder and save this to specific destination location on system drive.