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Windows 7: file compressor

28 Nov 2009   #1
Maxheadroom

windows 7 64bit build 7600
 
 
file compressor

whats a good file compressor 64 bit preferably, ive got some big files that i dont use too often and wouldn't mind shrinking them down to save space.
thanks


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28 Nov 2009   #2
pillainp

Windows 8.1 Professional 64-Bit
 
 

7Zip is free and its available in both 32 and 64-bit.

WinRAR is a good paid alternative. Version 3.90 comes in both 32 and 64-bit.
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28 Nov 2009   #3
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Here is a list of, and reviews on the top 10 file compression software applications of 2009. Fabe File Compression Software Review 2009 - TopTenREVIEWS
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28 Nov 2009   #4
Maxheadroom

windows 7 64bit build 7600
 
 

thanks, back to winrar again
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28 Nov 2009   #5
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Your welcome. Fabe
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28 Nov 2009   #6
Qdos

 

I've always used WinRAR, but just don't understand why any half-decent reviewer would rank WinZIP above WinRAR as in the link above...
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28 Nov 2009   #7
reminiscence

Windows 7 x64 Professional
 
 

my vote goes for 7zip. It can compress things in the superior LZMA format (with the .7z extention), and can also open RAR files so there's no worries in terms of what you can open with it. No dialogs nagging you to buy the software, lightweight and clean interface, very VERY easy to use, and of course runs on 64 bit natively.
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28 Nov 2009   #8
pillainp

Windows 8.1 Professional 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thefabe View Post
Here is a list of, and reviews on the top 10 file compression software applications of 2009. Fabe File Compression Software Review 2009 - TopTenREVIEWS
It struck me as very strange indeed that this review says 7Zip cannot create self-extracting archives. It does that very handily.

I myself use 7Zip and WinRAR both, interchangeably. They are both very good at what they do. 7Zip though has the advantage that it is free.
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29 Nov 2009   #9
Maxheadroom

windows 7 64bit build 7600
 
 

how is the compression and speed of compression of 7z compared to winrar?
is there much in it?
thanks
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29 Nov 2009   #10
pillainp

Windows 8.1 Professional 64-Bit
 
 

Haven't had the time to do a head to head comparison yet, but I use them both regularly. They are both pretty fast at common tasks, and light.

WinRAR does have an advantage in that it can integrate with your virus scanner, so that you can scan archives from within WinRAR itself.

However, 7Zip is free.
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