WinZip vs WinRar

http://live.pirillo.com/ – Chris answers the question "what do you use to decompress files, WinZip or WinRar?"

The answers Chris provides may surprise you.

Winzip is a popular decompression utility:

WinZip, the original and most popular compression utility for Windows, is a powerful and easy-to-use tool that quickly zips and unzips your files to conserve disk space and greatly reduce e-mail transmission time. WinZip 11.1 is available as Standard or Pro. WinZip 11.1 is an updated version of our most recent major release—WinZip 11.0—that supports Windows Vista™.

WinRar is also very popular, offering support for many more formats than WinZip:

WinRAR is a powerful archive manager. It can backup your data and reduce size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format. You may try WinRAR before buy, its trial version is available in downloads.

So, what does Chris use for file decompression and why? Well, you’re going to have to watch to find out!

17 thoughts on “WinZip vs WinRar”

  1. Have you tried 7zip? It’s free from 7zip.org and can open both .zip and .rar files. I recommend it to people who are looking to open the ocassional compressed file but who don’t need anything powerful nor do they need to create compressed files. It’s a great solution for the casual user.

  2. Have you tried 7zip? It’s free from 7zip.org and can open both .zip and .rar files. I recommend it to people who are looking to open the ocassional compressed file but who don’t need anything powerful nor do they need to create compressed files. It’s a great solution for the casual user.

  3. WinZip. WinZip 11.0 has a new best compression option that gets better compression than WinRAR and it can also open and extract from RAR files. Plus the zip file format is not proprietary so in a few years when something else comes out and RAR fades away, there will still be companies making zip programs allowing me to access my stuff

  4. WinZip. WinZip 11.0 has a new best compression option that gets better compression than WinRAR and it can also open and extract from RAR files. Plus the zip file format is not proprietary so in a few years when something else comes out and RAR fades away, there will still be companies making zip programs allowing me to access my stuff

  5. I’ve tried 7zip, and honestly, if you want something FREE as in BEER, then 7zip is your solution. However, it is slower than winrar in my experience, and the interface can be a bit clunky. When I’m unzipping/unrarring a lot of files, WinRar is much easier to navigate through – so it is WinRar for me. All you have to do is learn to let the nag screen pop up BEFORE you start doing anything if you’re into using the keyboard much. There is a slight delay before the nag comes up with WinRar that makes it much more of a nag than similar screens, since it isn’t as easy to just close it as soon as you launch the program.

  6. I’ve tried 7zip, and honestly, if you want something FREE as in BEER, then 7zip is your solution. However, it is slower than winrar in my experience, and the interface can be a bit clunky. When I’m unzipping/unrarring a lot of files, WinRar is much easier to navigate through – so it is WinRar for me. All you have to do is learn to let the nag screen pop up BEFORE you start doing anything if you’re into using the keyboard much. There is a slight delay before the nag comes up with WinRar that makes it much more of a nag than similar screens, since it isn’t as easy to just close it as soon as you launch the program.

  7. I have tried many archive programs. WinZip, 7zip, ZipGenius, IZArc, and a few others that are not worth mentioning. My favorite out of these is IZArc. It is 100% freeware and you can get it here: http://www.izarc.org/. It claims to be the Ultimate Archive Utility. I don’t know about that but I do like it the best out of all the archive utilities I have used. Check it out and reply with your comments of it.

  8. I have tried many archive programs. WinZip, 7zip, ZipGenius, IZArc, and a few others that are not worth mentioning. My favorite out of these is IZArc. It is 100% freeware and you can get it here: http://www.izarc.org/. It claims to be the Ultimate Archive Utility. I don’t know about that but I do like it the best out of all the archive utilities I have used. Check it out and reply with your comments of it.

  9. I am testing Both Winzip and WinRar – Each has features I like, but each compresses some files the other cannot read. So until I have a program that can read and repair the other, I shall have to use both. The Checkout feature in WZ is great and the WR has protection tools that are vital. But look for yourself.

    Wm

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