Txt files open garbled


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I reinstalled windows a week ago. Every .txt file I open in Notepad or Wordpad open garbled. Is there a fix?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 PRO
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Omen
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8700 CPU @ 3.20GHz 3.20 GHz
    Motherboard
    Board: HP 8437 1.3 Serial Number: PGUCR0HP1B90LD Bus Clock: 100 megahertz UEFI: AMI F.53 10/23/2020
    Memory
    64 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC 2778X [Monitor] (27.2"vis, s/n GJGJ7HA027112, July 2018) DELL U2412M [Monitor] (24.0"vis, s/n XX-00FFXD-XXXXX-529-64AS, February 2015)
    Hard Drives
    c: (NTFS on drive 0) * 999.21 GB 857.61 GB free
    d: (NTFS on drive 1) 1984.45 GB 741.65 GB free
    e: (NTFS on drive 1) 15.95 GB 1.78 GB free
    h: (NTFS on drive 2) 239.93 GB 231.23 GB free
    i: (NTFS on drive 2) 14.81 GB 1.71 GB free
    Keyboard
    Omoton
    Mouse
    Omoton
    Internet Speed
    9Gbps
    Browser
    Chrome Edge and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky
    Other Info
    Have discovered 31/01/2022 Internet speed at router 41 mbps. At this PC 9. Internet is via wired ethernet.

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 10 Home x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    INTEL Core i5-11400
    Motherboard
    ASUS PRIME H570-PLUS
    Memory
    KINGSTON HyperX Fury Black DDR4 16GB (2 x 8GB) 3200MHz, CL16
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Superclocked 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 32MA68HY 32" IPS
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG 250GB 970 EVO Plus NVMe, M.2 SSD, Crucial 250GB MX500, SEAGATE 500GB Barracuda® 7200.12, SATA 3 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 16MB cache
    PSU
    CORSAIR RM550x 80 PLUS Gold 550W
    Case
    ANTEC P10 FLUX
    Cooling
    be quiet! Pure Rock 2, 5 x 120 mm Case Fans
    Internet Speed
    480 + Mbps Up/ 12+ Mbps Down
    Browser
    Vivaldi Snapshot
    Antivirus
    Avast
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Home x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-750
    Motherboard
    ASUS P7P55D
    Memory
    Kingston HyperX Fury Black 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600MHz CL8
    Graphics card(s)
    MSI GeForce GT 240 N240GT-MD1G/D5 1 GB DDR5
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 32MA68HY 32" IPS
    Screen Resolution
    1980x1040
    Hard Drives
    Samsung Electronics 840 EVO 120GB, SEAGATE 500GB Barracuda® 7200.12, SATA 3 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 16MB cache
    PSU
    Antec TruePower New TP-550 550W
    Case
    Antec 300
    Cooling
    Cooler Master Hyper 212+, 4 Noctua NF-P12 120mm, 1 Noctua NF-P14 FLX
    Internet Speed
    480+ Mbps Down/12+Mbps Up
    Browser
    Vivaldi Snapshot
    Antivirus
    Avast
If I do save as it comes up as Ansi. If I save as ansi then reopened its still garbled.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 PRO
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Omen
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8700 CPU @ 3.20GHz 3.20 GHz
    Motherboard
    Board: HP 8437 1.3 Serial Number: PGUCR0HP1B90LD Bus Clock: 100 megahertz UEFI: AMI F.53 10/23/2020
    Memory
    64 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC 2778X [Monitor] (27.2"vis, s/n GJGJ7HA027112, July 2018) DELL U2412M [Monitor] (24.0"vis, s/n XX-00FFXD-XXXXX-529-64AS, February 2015)
    Hard Drives
    c: (NTFS on drive 0) * 999.21 GB 857.61 GB free
    d: (NTFS on drive 1) 1984.45 GB 741.65 GB free
    e: (NTFS on drive 1) 15.95 GB 1.78 GB free
    h: (NTFS on drive 2) 239.93 GB 231.23 GB free
    i: (NTFS on drive 2) 14.81 GB 1.71 GB free
    Keyboard
    Omoton
    Mouse
    Omoton
    Internet Speed
    9Gbps
    Browser
    Chrome Edge and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky
    Other Info
    Have discovered 31/01/2022 Internet speed at router 41 mbps. At this PC 9. Internet is via wired ethernet.
I don't use notepad so I'm not sure.
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Microsoft Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    MSI MS-7D98
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-13490F
    Motherboard
    MSI B760 GAMING PLUS WIFI
    Memory
    2 x 16 Patriot Memory (PDP Systems) PSD516G560081
    Graphics Card(s)
    GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 4070 WINDFORCE OC 12G (GV-N4070WF3OC-12GD)
    Sound Card
    Bluetooth Аудио
    Monitor(s) Displays
    INNOCN 15K1F
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WD_BLACK SN770 250GB
    KINGSTON SNV2S1000G (ELFK0S.6)
    PSU
    Thermaltake Toughpower GF3 1000W
    Case
    CG560 - DeepCool
    Cooling
    ID-COOLING SE-224-XTS / 2 x 140Mm Fan - rear and top; 3 x 120Mm - front
    Keyboard
    Corsair K70 RGB TKL
    Mouse
    Corsair KATAR PRO XT
    Internet Speed
    100 Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender Antivirus
    Other Info
    https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/66553205
Try Apps- Default Apps- and Reset all default apps.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Pro & 🐥.
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS VivoBook
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700U with Radeon Vega Mobile Gfx
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. X509DA (FP5)
    Memory
    12GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    RX Vega 10 Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor (1920x1080@60Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080@60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 980 1 TB PCIe 3.0 NVMe M.2
    Internet Speed
    25 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ACER NITRO
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5800H / 3.2 GHz
    Motherboard
    CZ Scala_CAS (FP6)
    Memory
    16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 SDRAM 3200 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6 GB GDDR6 SDRAM
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio. NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6" LED backlight 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 144 Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2TB NVMe M.2
    PSU
    180 Watt, 19.5 V
    Mouse
    Lenovo Bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    25 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 PRO
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Omen
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8700 CPU @ 3.20GHz 3.20 GHz
    Motherboard
    Board: HP 8437 1.3 Serial Number: PGUCR0HP1B90LD Bus Clock: 100 megahertz UEFI: AMI F.53 10/23/2020
    Memory
    64 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC 2778X [Monitor] (27.2"vis, s/n GJGJ7HA027112, July 2018) DELL U2412M [Monitor] (24.0"vis, s/n XX-00FFXD-XXXXX-529-64AS, February 2015)
    Hard Drives
    c: (NTFS on drive 0) * 999.21 GB 857.61 GB free
    d: (NTFS on drive 1) 1984.45 GB 741.65 GB free
    e: (NTFS on drive 1) 15.95 GB 1.78 GB free
    h: (NTFS on drive 2) 239.93 GB 231.23 GB free
    i: (NTFS on drive 2) 14.81 GB 1.71 GB free
    Keyboard
    Omoton
    Mouse
    Omoton
    Internet Speed
    9Gbps
    Browser
    Chrome Edge and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky
    Other Info
    Have discovered 31/01/2022 Internet speed at router 41 mbps. At this PC 9. Internet is via wired ethernet.
Could you grab a screenshot of the garbled text, so that we can see what the issue is please.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Ryzen 9 3900X
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming
    Memory
    G-Skill RipjawsV F4-3600C18 (16GB x 2)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte RX 5700 XT Gaming OC
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1220P
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS VE278 (x 2)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 850 Pro 256GB
    Samsung 970 Pro NVMe 512GB (x 2)
    ST10000VN0004 10TB (x 2)
    ST10000VN0008 10TB (x 2)
    ST4000VN000 4TB (x 2)
    PSU
    Corsair HX1000
    Case
    Corsair Carbide 400R
    Cooling
    AMD Wraith Prism (Stock)
    Keyboard
    Logitech G213
    Mouse
    Logitech G502
    Internet Speed
    100Mbps down / 40Mbps up
    Browser
    Firefox - Chrome - Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender - Clamwin
Here goes:
 

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 PRO
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Omen
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8700 CPU @ 3.20GHz 3.20 GHz
    Motherboard
    Board: HP 8437 1.3 Serial Number: PGUCR0HP1B90LD Bus Clock: 100 megahertz UEFI: AMI F.53 10/23/2020
    Memory
    64 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC 2778X [Monitor] (27.2"vis, s/n GJGJ7HA027112, July 2018) DELL U2412M [Monitor] (24.0"vis, s/n XX-00FFXD-XXXXX-529-64AS, February 2015)
    Hard Drives
    c: (NTFS on drive 0) * 999.21 GB 857.61 GB free
    d: (NTFS on drive 1) 1984.45 GB 741.65 GB free
    e: (NTFS on drive 1) 15.95 GB 1.78 GB free
    h: (NTFS on drive 2) 239.93 GB 231.23 GB free
    i: (NTFS on drive 2) 14.81 GB 1.71 GB free
    Keyboard
    Omoton
    Mouse
    Omoton
    Internet Speed
    9Gbps
    Browser
    Chrome Edge and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky
    Other Info
    Have discovered 31/01/2022 Internet speed at router 41 mbps. At this PC 9. Internet is via wired ethernet.
Thanks for that.

That is NOT a text file, it is a .zip file. You need to extract the contents of that file, then you should be able to read the file/s contained in that archive.

Copy the file, rename it to xxx.zip and then extract the contents of the archive.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Ryzen 9 3900X
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming
    Memory
    G-Skill RipjawsV F4-3600C18 (16GB x 2)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte RX 5700 XT Gaming OC
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1220P
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS VE278 (x 2)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 850 Pro 256GB
    Samsung 970 Pro NVMe 512GB (x 2)
    ST10000VN0004 10TB (x 2)
    ST10000VN0008 10TB (x 2)
    ST4000VN000 4TB (x 2)
    PSU
    Corsair HX1000
    Case
    Corsair Carbide 400R
    Cooling
    AMD Wraith Prism (Stock)
    Keyboard
    Logitech G213
    Mouse
    Logitech G502
    Internet Speed
    100Mbps down / 40Mbps up
    Browser
    Firefox - Chrome - Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender - Clamwin
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Microsoft Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    MSI MS-7D98
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-13490F
    Motherboard
    MSI B760 GAMING PLUS WIFI
    Memory
    2 x 16 Patriot Memory (PDP Systems) PSD516G560081
    Graphics Card(s)
    GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 4070 WINDFORCE OC 12G (GV-N4070WF3OC-12GD)
    Sound Card
    Bluetooth Аудио
    Monitor(s) Displays
    INNOCN 15K1F
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WD_BLACK SN770 250GB
    KINGSTON SNV2S1000G (ELFK0S.6)
    PSU
    Thermaltake Toughpower GF3 1000W
    Case
    CG560 - DeepCool
    Cooling
    ID-COOLING SE-224-XTS / 2 x 140Mm Fan - rear and top; 3 x 120Mm - front
    Keyboard
    Corsair K70 RGB TKL
    Mouse
    Corsair KATAR PRO XT
    Internet Speed
    100 Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender Antivirus
    Other Info
    https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/66553205
This is definitely a file created in notebook and I could open it before my windows reinstall.

I never create zip files. This is a list of installed software I created before reinstalling windows.
 

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  • Clipboard01.jpg
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 PRO
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Omen
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8700 CPU @ 3.20GHz 3.20 GHz
    Motherboard
    Board: HP 8437 1.3 Serial Number: PGUCR0HP1B90LD Bus Clock: 100 megahertz UEFI: AMI F.53 10/23/2020
    Memory
    64 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC 2778X [Monitor] (27.2"vis, s/n GJGJ7HA027112, July 2018) DELL U2412M [Monitor] (24.0"vis, s/n XX-00FFXD-XXXXX-529-64AS, February 2015)
    Hard Drives
    c: (NTFS on drive 0) * 999.21 GB 857.61 GB free
    d: (NTFS on drive 1) 1984.45 GB 741.65 GB free
    e: (NTFS on drive 1) 15.95 GB 1.78 GB free
    h: (NTFS on drive 2) 239.93 GB 231.23 GB free
    i: (NTFS on drive 2) 14.81 GB 1.71 GB free
    Keyboard
    Omoton
    Mouse
    Omoton
    Internet Speed
    9Gbps
    Browser
    Chrome Edge and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky
    Other Info
    Have discovered 31/01/2022 Internet speed at router 41 mbps. At this PC 9. Internet is via wired ethernet.
Additionally if I try and open say 4/5 .txt files by the time I open the 5th there are 5 tabs open one for each file I tried,
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 PRO
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Omen
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8700 CPU @ 3.20GHz 3.20 GHz
    Motherboard
    Board: HP 8437 1.3 Serial Number: PGUCR0HP1B90LD Bus Clock: 100 megahertz UEFI: AMI F.53 10/23/2020
    Memory
    64 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC 2778X [Monitor] (27.2"vis, s/n GJGJ7HA027112, July 2018) DELL U2412M [Monitor] (24.0"vis, s/n XX-00FFXD-XXXXX-529-64AS, February 2015)
    Hard Drives
    c: (NTFS on drive 0) * 999.21 GB 857.61 GB free
    d: (NTFS on drive 1) 1984.45 GB 741.65 GB free
    e: (NTFS on drive 1) 15.95 GB 1.78 GB free
    h: (NTFS on drive 2) 239.93 GB 231.23 GB free
    i: (NTFS on drive 2) 14.81 GB 1.71 GB free
    Keyboard
    Omoton
    Mouse
    Omoton
    Internet Speed
    9Gbps
    Browser
    Chrome Edge and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky
    Other Info
    Have discovered 31/01/2022 Internet speed at router 41 mbps. At this PC 9. Internet is via wired ethernet.
First, you must turn on the display of file extensions. Running Windows with extensions turned off leads to all kinds of confusion.

In Explorer, click , Options, View tab, uncheck Hide extensions for known file types, and then click OK.

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Next, turn off the Notepad feature that opens files automatically on startup.

In Notepad, click the gear () icon to bring up Settings:

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Click When Notepad starts, and select Open a new window:

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Close Notepad, test again, and let us know what you see.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10/11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer
Here goes:
It is DEFINITELY a ZIP file. It says it in the file header of your screenshot. No matter what you try to claim otherwise, it's a compressed file and you need to extract it first.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 build 10.0.26040.1000 (Canary Channel)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo A485
    CPU
    Ryzen 7 2700U Pro
    Motherboard
    Lenovo (WiFi/BT module upgraded to Intel Wireless-AC-9260)
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    iGPU Vega 10
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" FHD (built-in) + 14" Lenovo Thinkvision M14t (touch+pen) + 32" Asus PB328
    Screen Resolution
    FHD + FHD + 1440p
    Hard Drives
    Intel 660p m.2 nVME PCIe3.0 x2 512GB
    PSU
    65W
    Keyboard
    Thinkpad / Logitech MX Keys
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 2S
    Internet Speed
    600/300Mbit
    Browser
    Edge (Chromium)
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    WSA: Installed
    SecureBoot: Enabled
    TPM2.0: Enabled
    AMD-V: Enabled
    VBS: Enabled
    HVCI: Enabled
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 build 10.0.22631.3078(Release Preview Channel)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    i7-7700k @4.8GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus PRIME Z270-A
    Memory
    32GB 2x16GB 2133MHz CL15
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA GTX1080Ti FTW 11GB
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32" 10-bit Asus PB328Q
    Screen Resolution
    WQHD 2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    512GB ADATA SX8000NP NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4
    PSU
    850W
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 2S
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX Keys
    Internet Speed
    600/300Mbit
    Browser
    Edge (Cromium)
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    AC WiFi Card
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