Windows 8 Japanese file names inside archives getting garbled


New Member
Dec 12, 2012
Just upgraded to Windows 8 and I'm having an issue I never had in Windows 7. Whenever somebody sends me an archive (.zip, .rar, etc.) that contains file names that are in Japanese, they always appear garbled (文字化け).

1. I am using Outlook 2010
2. This happens through both WinRAR and Windows' native unarchiving program.
3. The file name of the archive itself (also in Japanese) is not garbled, just the file names inside.
4. I have the Japanese language pack (Windows IME) installed on top of this U.S. version of Windows 8, but setting Japanese language priority higher than English (through Control Panel/language) does not fix the problem.

Does anyone have any ideas how I might fix this issue, as right now I have to boot back into Windows 7 to unzip any Japanese archive.


Noob Whisperer
Nov 30, 2009
N.W. Indiana
Hello and welcome to the forums.
Seems I recall a similar problem a while back and if I remember correctly Stuffit was an archiver program that would actually perform as expected, even with WinZip, 7zip, WinRAR and others would not.
You might consider giving the free 30 trial version a go and see if it works for you StuffIt File Compression & Zip, RAR and more - Official Website
If you don't need to create compressed archives then I believe that the Stuffit expander is actually free for personal use.
Keep us posted.


New Member
Dec 12, 2012
Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately, the same thing is happening with StuffIt as well.
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