Here is a concise tutorial on how to unzip a compressed file in a Windows environment.
Step 1: Find out if your operating system is 32 or 64 bit
This is important, because the programs we recommend you to download usually have two different versions of the same program - 32 bit as well as a 64 bit version. Here is how you find out what your operating system (OS) is:
In this example, the OS is a 64-bit. So we will proceed to download the 64-bit version of the unzipping software.
Step 2: Proceed to download a file unzipping utility (i.e. the program)
We recommend downloading 7-ZIP (http://www.7-zip.org/) as the unzipping utility. It is free, and easy to use.
When you get to the 7-ZIP website, you should see the following screen -
The installation file will download, click on it (if you are using a different web browser than the one in the example and/or can’t seem to find the downloaded file, press ‘CTRL + J’, and you will be directed to your list of downloads) -
Uh oh! Windows does not know how to open up a zipped folder! Even after you just installed the program we suggested! No fear! Here’s the solution:
And that’s it! We covered how to unzip folders and what to do if you cannot open the zipped file with 7-ZIP program by default.