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Any free substitutes for WinZIP and WinRAR?

by Rahul Fernandes / July 25, 2008 1:44 AM PDT

Do these two softwares have any free substitute(full versions) which do the same kind of stuff?if there are,which one would be the best?and if not,would there be a place where i can download the full versions of winzip and winrar.another thing,do i need winzip if i have winrar?

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by John.Wilkinson / July 25, 2008 2:05 AM PDT

-> If you're looking just to unzip archives, ExtractNow is an excellent free option. Otherwise, 7Zip is one of the leading freeware candidates.

-> WinZIP and WinRAR are competing programs...you only need to choose one. WinZIP has additional functionality (such as 256-bit encryption and direct CD/DVD burning of ZIP files) but WinRAR has greater support of archive formats.

-> You can download the full versions by purchasing them from the respective companies.

Hope this helps,

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 25, 2008 2:59 AM PDT
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I'm using Tugzip ...
by Kees Bakker / July 25, 2008 5:52 AM PDT

from http://www.tugzip.com/

But if you only want basic functionality for zip-files (zipping and unzipping, adding files) Windows XP on it's own is good enough.


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Thanks people
by Rahul Fernandes / July 25, 2008 2:21 PM PDT

all that really helps

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by Etherel15 / July 28, 2008 5:40 PM PDT

I don't know if it will do everything you need, as I probably never take full advantage of zipping programs, but I use one called IZarc. Its free, and I find it easier to work with than winzip (or winrar) and it
supports just about every "zip" format under the sun.


It feels very natural to me, works very fluid.

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