Status:Closed    Asked:Feb 18, 2015 - 07:09 PM

Cannot extract .dta.gz file in laptop with windows 8.1 OS

I've been able to open .dta.gz (Stata) files in a desktop with windows 7 OS and use it in STATA. However, in my personal laptop that has windows 8.1, when I right click the STATA file I downloaded from the IHIS, there is no choice to decompress the file. There is only the choice to compress the file. So I compress it, and again, right click the compressed folder and extract the contents. This extraction process produces the same .dta.gz file which is not readable in Stata. Has MPC had experience extracting .dta.gz file from a windows 8.1 OS? thanks!

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I have two recommendations. First, attempt the steps described here for unzipping a file in Windows 8. Alternatively, you could download decompression software such as 7-Zip. Once installed, you should be able to right-click and decompress the .dat.gz file.

Hope this helps.


Feb 19, 2015 - 02:05 PM

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In response to the answer provided for the question I posed above, 7-Zip worked. It's weird that Windows 8.1 does not see the .dta.gz downloaded from ihis as something to be extracted. I had to 'open' the file using 7-Zip. Thanks!


Feb 19, 2015 - 02:42 PM

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