win 98 downloading zip file problem

when I download zip files they end up being designated as 'paint' files.  when I try to open them I get a message saying I cannot open this file using paint, and MSPaint appears onscreen
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BeTaKATConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Can it be possible that your .zip files are associated with paint ?
To change that go open Windows Explorer, Select Folder-options or something lik that in the Extra Menu. there you should be able to select the files with a zip extension and connect them to Winzip (f.i.).

Another method is to download the Setup program for Winzip and to re-install Winzip (You might want to uninstall the previous version first). The Setup program should link .zip files to Winzip automaticly ...

            ~ B e T a K A T ~
Bill, what do you mean it is designated as 'paint'. What extention is on the file. A zip file should be .zip
Bill, give this a try:

1. Open Windows Explorer.

2. Locate a ZIP file on your system in the right window.

3. Click on the ZIP file once to highlight it.

4. Now hold the shift key down with your left hand and at the same time right click on the highlight file. A window will open, select "open with" and another window will open. Scroll down to your unzip program (winzip32) etc and select it.

Now restart the system and your zip files should open with your unzip program and be associates with it.
bill68Author Commented:
thanks dew associates and BeTaKAT. can't split the points
bill68Author Commented:
Thanks.  I'll try that.
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