Any Modern Looking Free Archivers for Windows 10? (without ads)

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  1. Posts : 4,172
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Latest RP
       #11

    Archives are a simple matter 7-Zip is an obvious solution, it's got a more traditional look (that actually suits it's purpose better than the modern "Jellybean" look of modern Windows apps), It's free and ad free.

    However, if you have a reason to look for something to fit in with modern Windows 10 apps, (and personal preference IS a valid Reason), why not just use Windows itself

    It has full Zip support, (simply select a group of folders and right-click and choose to add to Zip.

    Archive zip containers open as a standard folder does.

    OK it does not have the "bells and whistles " of 7 Zip but Windows File manager is a usable tool for it's purpose and can handle all a regular user could need.

    Note   Note
    7 Zip does have the "advantage" of it's own extra compact compression algorithm, that can archive more in less space, but I would caution it's use as although the 7-Zip application has been around for many years, I would always prefer to use an open standard, such as Zip, that is not likely to disappear after you have invested time into it
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  2. Posts : 16,013
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #12

    Barman58 said:
    Archives are a simple matter 7-Zip is an obvious solution, it's got a more traditional look (that actually suits it's purpose better than the modern "Jellybean" look of modern Windows apps), It's free and ad free.
    I agree, I have used it for years!
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  3. Posts : 134
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #13

    Barman58 said:
    Archives are a simple matter 7-Zip is an obvious solution, it's got a more traditional look (that actually suits it's purpose better than the modern "Jellybean" look of modern Windows apps), It's free and ad free.

    However, if you have a reason to look for something to fit in with modern Windows 10 apps, (and personal preference IS a valid Reason), why not just use Windows itself

    It has full Zip support, (simply select a group of folders and right-click and choose to add to Zip.

    Archive zip containers open as a standard folder does.

    OK it does not have the "bells and whistles " of 7 Zip but Windows File manager is a usable tool for it's purpose and can handle all a regular user could need.

    Note   Note
    7 Zip does have the "advantage" of it's own extra compact compression algorithm, that can archive more in less space, but I would caution it's use as although the 7-Zip application has been around for many years, I would always prefer to use an open standard, such as Zip, that is not likely to disappear after you have invested time into it
    I would use Windows inbuilt archiver if it supported other types of archives like rar for example. Sometimes you need to download something and uploaded uploaded it with rar extension. You can't open it with Windows inbuilt archiver. I would love to have archiver that supports a lot archiver types and also looks modern.
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  4. Posts : 134
    Windows 10
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       #14

    The antivirus I use (360 total), seems like they released their own archiver too. Looks good from the website. Gonna download today and see how is it.
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  5. Posts : 24,602
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #15

    Ditendra said:
    ... 7Zip users some ancient, XP era interface which is ugly as hell and don't wanna use it. ...
    Ditendra said:
    I would use Windows inbuilt archiver if it supported other types of archives like rar for example..... I would love to have archiver that supports a lot archiver types and also looks modern.
    I right-click on a .rar and select 7-Zip > Open Archive....

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    ...which opens it in the 7-Zip File Manager. Doesn't seem that bad an interface, you can explore the folders, or click and drag a file and drop it on File Explorer to extract it, for example.

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  6. Posts : 5,084
    21H1 64 Bit Home
       #16

    Ditendra said:
    The antivirus I use (360 total), seems like they released their own archiver too. Looks good from the website. Gonna download today and see how is it.
    I tried it. It installs with only a choice of Russian or Chinese languages and it adds a context menu entry in the chosen language. I went into the folder and edited the settings file to disable update checks and tried changing configuration to English but even though there is an English Language folder I think that the .dll will only use Russian or Chinese.

    If you manage to get it to display in English please post details.

    EDIT: You wanted an ad free experience? Have a read:

    Privacy Policy - 360zip | 360 Total Security
    Last edited by Callender; 26 Aug 2020 at 12:47.
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  7. Posts : 34,935
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #17

    A quick look suggested you may be stuck wanting something that supports a dark mode-compatible option. E.g. Peazip doesn't from what I read.
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  8. Posts : 34
    Linux
       #18

    Barman58 said:
    Archives are a simple matter 7-Zip is an obvious solution, it's got a more traditional look (that actually suits it's purpose better than the modern "Jellybean" look of modern Windows apps), It's free and ad free.

    Note   Note
    7 Zip does have the "advantage" of it's own extra compact compression algorithm, that can archive more in less space, but I would caution it's use as although the 7-Zip application has been around for many years, I would always prefer to use an open standard, such as Zip, that is not likely to disappear after you have invested time into it
    7zip is open source (LGPL). From the wikipedia 7z page: The 7z file format specification is distributed with 7-Zip's source code. The specification can be found in plain text format in the 'doc' sub-directory of the source code distribution.
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  10. Posts : 134
    Windows 10
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       #20

    Bree said:
    I right-click on a .rar and select 7-Zip > Open Archive....

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    ...which opens it in the 7-Zip File Manager. Doesn't seem that bad an interface, you can explore the folders, or click and drag a file and drop it on File Explorer to extract it, for example.

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    That interface looks very old, something from 90's and absolutely abysmal. Design matters for me. This interface isn't acceptable for me in 2020.

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    Callender said:
    I tried it. It installs with only a choice of Russian or Chinese languages and it adds a context menu entry in the chosen language. I went into the folder and edited the settings file to disable update checks and tried changing configuration to English but even though there is an English Language folder I think that the .dll will only use Russian or Chinese.

    If you manage to get it to display in English please post details.

    EDIT: You wanted an ad free experience? Have a read:

    Privacy Policy - 360zip | 360 Total Security
    Yes, sadly it has only Russian and Chinese language. I already contacted them via Facebook and asked them to add English. They saw my message, but didn't reply. Seems like I'll stick with Peazip until 360 adds English language.

    That is a hell of a long article, not going to read it, nor have time for it. You can tell me in short, what does it say.

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    dalchina said:
    A quick look suggested you may be stuck wanting something that supports a dark mode-compatible option. E.g. Peazip doesn't from what I read.
    No, unfortunately it doesn't support and I also had issues with file integration/association. I had to manually right click on a file, click "open with", click more apps, choose Peazip and then tick "always use this app top open xxx file type". Before that, I tried to do this in Peazip settings, but it didn't work.

    I really wish some company would make dark theme archiver suitable for Windows 10 dark theme mode and without issues.
    Last edited by Ditendra; 31 Aug 2020 at 08:27.
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