How to Open Par2 Files

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PAR2 files increase the amount of time required to download programs over the Internet. However, their usefulness cannot be denied. PAR2 files contain redundant information from a file (or many files). When used, they can allow a broken or corrupted download to be repaired, as long as the PAR2 files have sufficient redundancy--even if the PAR2 files themselves are damaged. Use QuickPAR to open PAR2 files and, if necessary, repair the files they are linked to.

  • Download and install QuickPAR. Launch the utility after it is installed. The "Options" screen appears automatically.

  • Click the check boxes to associate QuickPAR with PAR files, PAR2 files and SFV files.

  • Click the check box to have QuickPAR repair files automatically.

  • Click the check box to have QuickPAR delete PAR2 files automatically after repairing. This step is optional, but recommended. All other options can be left at their default values. Click "OK," then close QuickPAR.

  • Restart your computer.

  • Place the PAR2 file(s) in the same folder as the file(s) they were downloaded with. Double-click any PAR2 file to open it with QuickPAR. QuickPAR scans the original files for damage, then uses the data in the PAR2 files to repair it. After the repair operation is complete, the damaged files and PAR2 files are deleted from the computer automatically. Note that for very large files that are badly damaged, the repair process can take a very long time.

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