File Explorer Compression & WinZip?


  1. Posts : 1,097
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1809 (OS Build 17763.437)
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    File Explorer Compression & WinZip?


    Not wanting to hijack an existing thread, I'm asking here. Does WinZip offer better options & features than the built-in File Explorer compression?
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    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
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    The main reason I ever got WinZip was for its ability to create an exe./executable file from a .zip file, share with someone else and all they needed to was double-click it to decompress, didn't need a program to do it. There may have been more/better features depending upon ones need.

    One needs to remember/understand is that back in Win3.0 days a third-party software was needed for some functions such as a Font manager that were licensed/included in Win3.1x, like Kodak Imaging that was licensed and went away just a couple of versions later. As Windows has progressed many things have made it more complete for a lot of users. Anyone recall After Dark screensavers from the very-early '90s?
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1809 (OS Build 17763.437)
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    An executable with a password would be my goal. A buddy and I are wanting to provide "offsite" back up for each other.
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    Windows 10 Home x64 21H2 19044.1526
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    CWGilley said:
    An executable with a password would be my goal. A buddy and I are wanting to provide "offsite" back up for each other.

    windowsnerd.com Creating a self extracting encrypted archive with 7zip
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    Windows 11 Home
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    Just do not forget that compressed files could get easily corrupted, even with a repair archive attached.
    So using it for a backup might seems like a good idea, but in the end, you might loose everything.
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1809 (OS Build 17763.437)
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       #7

    Hmmm. You do have a point. And that's one of those things that you don't discover until it's too late. Thanks pro bringing this up.
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