Free Alternative to WinRAR and WinZip: 7-Zip
If you want a full free and simple but advanced alternative to WinRAR or WinZip, here is the one of best alternative: 7-Zip
If you’re using WinRAR, after the 30 day free trial, it tells you that you have to buy the full version. However you can just close the purchase prompt window and keep on using WinRAR for free. But it gets boring to close tihs prompt windows everytime you launched WinRAR.
Also there is a built-in zip viewer and extractor in Windows. But this built-in version is not fully advanced and professional.
Now if you haven’t heard about 7-Zip before and never used it, just give it a try and see how it is easy and simple to use and how it’s advanced and professional. Also there is a right click Windows menu option to extract and compress with one click.
How to Download and Install 7-Zip:
First head to 7-Zip download page and click the latest exe version (32bit or 64bit). 7-zip exe installation package should downloaded to you computer. Just double click on it, select the path you want to install the software and click “install”. It’s a very small size of software and now you have zip/unzip options in the right click menu’s of folders and zip archives.
Also there is a software’s own 7z zip format, which uses advanced LZMA and LZMA2 compression algorithms. 7z compression is typically between 30% and 70% more efficient than the old ZIP format.
Supported formats by 7-Zip: ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DEB, DMG, FAT, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, VHD, WIM, XAR and Z.
Hold down Alt key and double click on file or folder to open its Properties box.