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Why is WinRAR a blank file? Answered

I opened up Application Data on Windows XP,and I saw a file named WinRAR. When I opened the file, it was blank. I thought WinRAR was a program for processing RAR and ZIP files; so why is it just blank?


The WinRAR executable files etc. are installed in to either \Program Files\WinRAR\ (for 64 bit Windows). or \Program Files\WinRAR (86)\ (for 32 bit Windows).

What you are looking at is the empty folder \Users\yourname\AppData\WinRAR\. It is empty because you have not registered WinRAR yet. 8-))

This is the Windows preferred place to store each programs data. In this case it would be the WinRAR supplementary files like; its encrypted registration key, exported
settings, file settings, .reg themes, and log files etc.

It is a hidden System file, so to see what may be in it you can use the %APPDATA%\WinRAR command from Windows Search.

You can read about a use for this in my recent Blog on my WinRAR Support Site Changing the Default WinRAR Installation.

To find out more about WinRAR you are very welcome to check out the rest of that site.

Did you open WinRAR or double click on a .rar file? If you opened WinRAR then it will be blank till you drag and drop files into it or import files into to create a .rar file. If it's an .rar file within your PC it may have been created but nothing was put into it.

There's no apparent way to open WinRAR. I just opened the folder in AppData that was labeled "WinRAR" and it was empty.

That is opening the file. You opened the WinRAR application. Now you can drag and drop files you want to compress and upload to an email or web site. Thus creating a Zip or RAR file with data inside.