USTAR File Extension

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Uniform Standard Tape Archive Format
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What is USTAR file?

USTAR is a file extension commonly associated with Uniform Standard Tape Archive Format files. USTAR file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Mac OS, Windows system platform. USTAR file belongs to the Data Files category just like 1258 other filename extensions listed in our database. WinZip supports USTAR files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 2 other tools may also be used. Software named WinZip was created by WinZip Computing, S.L.. In order to find more detailed information on the software and USTAR files, check the developer’s official website.

Programs which support USTAR file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with USTAR files, divided into 2 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with USTAR suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support USTAR file

How to open file with USTAR extension?

Being unable to open files with USTAR extension can be have various origins. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Uniform Standard Tape Archive Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with USTAR files.

Step 1. Install WinZip software

The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports USTAR files installed on the system. This one is an easy one. Select WinZip or one of the recommended programs (for example, StuffIt Deluxe, StuffIt Expander) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. The safest method of downloading WinZip installed is by going to developer’s website (WinZip Computing, S.L.) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Check the version of WinZip and update if needed

If you already have WinZip installed on your systems and USTAR files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. This can be one of the causes why USTAR files are not compatible with WinZip. The most recent version of WinZip is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate Uniform Standard Tape Archive Format files with WinZip

If you have the latest version of WinZip installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage USTAR on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Change the default application in Windows

  • Clicking the USTAR with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the WinZip installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open USTAR files box and clicking OK button.

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the USTAR file and select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with USTAR extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Verify that the USTAR is not faulty

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the USTAR file in question. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

1. Check the USTAR file for viruses or malware

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the USTAR file hinders attempts to open it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. USTAR file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Verify that the USTAR file’s structure is intact

If the USTAR file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. When downloading the file with USTAR extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Uniform Standard Tape Archive Format file again.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run WinZip

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with USTAR extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Uniform Standard Tape Archive Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the USTAR files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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