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 WinRAR is the most widely used archiving software in use today and it natively supports both RAR and ZIP archives files and it is also able to unpack the following file formats in use today such as CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, 7Z, Z file archives. It has been shown to make much smaller zip files than any of the other software programs, not only saving disk space but also the cost of send the files.

WinRAR also offers an interactive interface looking almost like the interface of Winzip. The software uses both the mouse and menus as well as a command line interface for the more computer savvy users. WinRAR is the easiest to use when compared to other compression utilities as it also comes with a wizard for easy use.

Above everything else WinRAR offers the benefit of archive encryption while using the AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) which uses as 128bit security key.  It has been shown to support massive multi-gigabyte files and archives. The software also offers the ability to create a self-extracting file and best of all is its ability to create multi-volume archives of a size of your choice. There is also the option or saving or archiving with a recovery record and also a recovery volume. This allows you to recover a physically damaged archive.

Install: Winrar

The installation of Winrar is easy enough and installs without much issues. While installing it will ask you which files to associate with the program. You can select all files or only certain files. Many use Winrar mainly for the Zip files. If you are looking at extracting from a damaged Zip file then 7Zip is the best at those.

Running: Winrar

Once install you can ‘right-click’ on a file and it will give you a number of options. It can extract it to where the file is located or it can extract it into a directory. If there is more than one file then it can also extract the two Zip files into separate directories as shown below. There is also the option of creating a new file and storing both Zip files into a singular Zip file.


The compression ratio for Winrar is good however 7Zip performs much better at more things such as damaged zip files and has a slightly small compressed file but not by much.

This was the version used during the testing. I do not update the files once I have tested it so you will need to search the internet for the latest files. This is the file that was used for the screenshots above.

Title: WinRAR 5.30 Beta 4 (32-bit)
Filename: wrar53b4.exe
File size: 1.70MB (1,778,544 bytes)
Requirements: Windows XP / Vista / Windows7 / Windows8
Languages: en-US
License: Shareware
Date added: September 13, 2015
Author: RARLab




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