How to Make 7zip Default in Windows 10

If you recently installed 7zip software on your Windows 10 PC and now looking how to set 7zip as default windows 10 operating system, then you are in the right spot.

In this article, you are going to learn

  • How to Make 7zip Default in Windows 10
  • Open all supported file association/format in 7zip

Currently, 7 zip supports

  • Packing / unpacking: 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM
  • Unpacking only: AR, ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DMG, EXT, FAT, GPT, HFS, IHEX, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, QCOW2, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, UEFI, VDI, VHD, VMDK, WIM, XAR and Z.

But when you install 7 zip on your windows 10 PC you might notice that none of these file format/file extensions are recognized by 7 zip program by default. Because of this most users are thinking like 7zip not working in windows 10.

Actually, by default 7 zip don’t automatically associate all supported file formats like how most software does. Users have to manually do that task.

Here in this guide, I’m going to show you how to do that easily.

How to Make 7zip Default Windows 10

Step 1: First Open 7 Zip File Manager with Administrator Rights (Right-click and choose Run as administrator) from your start menu in Windows 10 (or) by navigating to C:\Program Files\7-Zip\7zFM

7 zip file manager opening with admin rights
7 zip file manager opening with admin rights

Step 2: Go to Tools >> Options

7zip tools option
7zip tools option

Step 3: Click on the System tab. Hereunder “Associate 7-Zip with:” line You will see two + (Plus) icon. Click Twice on Right + icon to apply the 7zip file association to all windows users.

set 7 zip default with all supported file association/format
set 7 zip default with all supported file association/format

Once you have done that click Apply and click OK.

Note: If you get Permission Error saying “Access is denied.” then you need to open 7zip file manager with Administrative privileges.

That’s it.

Now any compressed file format which is supported by 7 zip will have 7 zip icon on that compressed folder.

Reference: https://superuser.com/questions/997170/windows-10-changing-zip-file-association/997204

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