How to open RAR files in Windows 7?

Do you want to open RAR files in Windows 7, but you don’t know how to do it properly? We’re having mainly .zip files on our site which can be opened with the built-in Windows 7 zip-program, but to open .rar files you will need a 3rd-party tool. We recommend: 7zip!

How to open RAR files in Windows 7

7-zip is listed on our TOP 10 Windows 7 Apps List and allows you to quickly open RAR files and a lot of other files like gzip and tar files that are usually used on Linux operating systems

Open .tar, .rar., .7zip, .zip All-in-One solution

You can make 7zip open all the common compression formats (tar/rar/zip/7zip). WinZip and WinRAR can also open most of them, but they are not available for free, so 7zip is really your best choice.

So, download 7zip from above, install it and then click on “Tools” – “Options”.

The following windows will appear:
Open tar rar zip 7zip

Check all formats that you want to open with 7zip.

7zip can open…

Currently supported formats are:

  • 7z
  • arj
  • bz2
  • bzip2
  • cab
  • cpio
  • deb
  • dmg
  • gz
  • gzip
  • hfs
  • iso
  • lha
  • lzh
  • lzma
  • rar
  • rpm
  • split
  • swm
  • tar
  • taz
  • tbz
  • tbz2
  • tgz
  • tpz
  • wim
  • xar
  • z
  • zip

7-zip is quite handy and definitely makes opening files a lot easier. It not only handles rar files well, I still did not run into any problems with other extensions like zip or gzip or even tar.

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5 Responses to How to open RAR files in Windows 7?

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    jane said:

    thank you so much!
    you are great at haleping!!!

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    jane said:

    oh no…i just read what i wrote and it’s full of typo’s!
    forgive me!

  3. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    you’re very welcome Jane :)

  4. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    dawn said:

    hi ive got problems with my sons ds, we have recently got windows 7, before this i had no probs with downloaded files and transfering them onto his cyclo ds evolution, but im been trying to get some new files and all im getting is problems. im reading online maybe the firmware needs updateing! also i need to download winrar, im confussed a friend usually helps me with this but hes busy at the mo, im a mum not a pc wiz im afraid , any help greatly appreciated thanks

  5. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    dawn, you should google “download 7zip” and download it, it’s free. You can then extract .rar files that you want to transfer to the DS.

    However, I suppose that there is a problem with the USb/WiFi drivers, so you might want to look into Windows 7 XP mode. It basically allows you to run XP on Windows 7, but a firmware upgrade could be necessary because that USB Nintendo WiFi Adaptor was developed before Win7.

    If your DS requires a firmware upgrade, please consult the handbook, but it should be easy to find on nintendo’s website.

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