How to open a tar file containing a backup

AS per title but the file is from a backup of another machine that uses mint, and I want to run some navigation software from it on this computer... would I be better to set up a vb machine?

A simple tar file can be explored using the default archive manager. Double click should be enough, but you can also right-click on the file and the first option should be "open with archive manager". If you choose "extract here" instead, it will create a folder that you can also use to see what's inside.

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