Another tool that I install straight away on new PCs is 7-Zip. I’m still amazed to see IT pros using unregistered (or dodgy) versions of WinRAR and WinZIP. 7-ZIP is better, faster, and free (open-source).
It can handle lots of formats, including ISO files, which I sometimes find handy.
7-Zip’s main features, as per their website. I’ve highlighted some of the formats that I regularly use 7-Zip with:
- High compression ratio in 7z format with LZMA and LZMA2 compression
- Supported formats:
- Packing / unpacking: 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM
- Unpacking only: 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.
- For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
- Strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats
- Self-extracting capability for 7z format
- Integration with Windows Shell
- Powerful File Manager
- Powerful command line version
- Plugin for FAR Manager
- Localizations for 79 languages