Windows 10: ZIP file opens with WinZIP and windows reacts

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  1.    17 Mar 2016 #1

    ZIP file opens with WinZIP and windows reacts

    Every time I open a ZIP file - it opens with WinZIP - I get a number of these notification popups

    An app default was reset
    An app caused a problem with the
    default app settings for .htm files, so it
    was reset to Microsoft Edge.

    It doesn't matter what is in the zip file.
    All Chrome extensions are set to Chrome. When this happens one is taken back.
    I have taken ownership of the edge file and set permissions for administrators to full.

    At one time it did it for PDF files also.
    Now it is only giving me one popup.
    Must I uninstall this POS edge to get rid of this crap?
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  2. Posts : 29,435
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17672
       17 Mar 2016 #2

    Hello ruggb, :)

    If you like, you could download and merge the .reg file for the Zip item in the table of OPTION TWO below to restore its default associations that should sort this for you.
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  3.    17 Mar 2016 #3

    I don't follow that at all - could be because you are answering a different question.

    Every time I open a ZIP file - it opens with WinZIP - I get a number of these notification popups

    It doesn't matter what is in the zip file.

    An app default was reset
    An app caused a problem with the
    default app settings for .htm files, so it
    was reset to Microsoft Edge.

    can you see that I am opening a ZIP file with WINZIP and it is giving me a message about an HTM and/or a PDF file?
    And yes it changes the HTM or PDF file association when it does that, but I did not try to open an HTM or PDF file.
    So why does it even care?

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  4. Posts : 29,435
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17672
       17 Mar 2016 #4

    I'm directly answering your question.

    You said this happens when you open a .zip file, so what happens when you restore the default Zip association?

    It wouldn't hurt to also restore the default associations for .htm and .pdf as well.
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  5. Posts : 4,652
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint
       17 Mar 2016 #5

    I have WinZip 19 and notice there are some built-in viewers in it such as an image viewer that opens .png in its own viewer rather than the Windows viewer. Double-clicking a .txt file in the compressed archive does open it in Notepad. Is it possible there's a 2-prong issue with what WinZip does and the default Windows associations?
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  6.    18 Mar 2016 #6

    Brink's solution brings you back to square one, so you can get on with your computing life.

    But if you're trying to understand what is going on, then that solution will only sweep the forensic evidence away.

    1) Does this happen with all .zip files? If a 'large' .txt file was compressed and reopened, will this happen?

    2) If another decompression software was used, will this happen? Is this unique to WinZip? Does Windows 10's own .zip extractor do this?
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  7.    19 Mar 2016 #7

    I had winzip 17. It happened with any zip file I opened.
    personally, I am getting REAL tired of MS resetting my default apps, then having to go back and set them again.
    what would be nice, instead of telling me how to go back to what MS wants, is to tell me how to keep MS from changing things.
    DAMN IT, it is my computer and I want it to work for me and not MS.
    I updated winzip to 19 and the problem went away.
    I have had winzip 17 working with W10 now for 9 months and this trick only recently started, so I assume the same update that resets defaults broke it. I am guessing that the next update may break 19 also, and the reason it is currently working is because I just installed it over the w10 update. If I reinstall 17 I am guessing it will work till then also.
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  •    21 Mar 2016 #8

    Hi, having older versions of Winzip installed resulting in the reversion of default associations has been noted in other threads here. It is one - but only one - of several possible causes of associations being changed to MS defaults.

    This is one of the difficulties experienced by a good number with Win 10, unfortunately.

    For example, some experienced this effect after one update a few weeks back; performing an in-place upgrade repair install can cause a couple of such changes in my experience.
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  •    21 Mar 2016 #9

    are you saying that somehow other programs are causing the file associations to change???
    like Winzip causing PDF and HTM assoc to change???

    I am finding that hard to believe -- but it is still W10s problem.
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  •    21 Mar 2016 #10

    That's what has been reported in at least two other threads. Strange, but apparently true. Not seen anything on how.

    If the older version is installed and the user restarts, associations are set to default (at least that's what I recall).
    There is one other program of which that has been found to be true.
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