Note from PC Pitstop: We recently asked our TechTalk contributors to recommend a favorite FREE application or tool that they currently use. This post is the response from Windows Talk.
Best Free Zip Utility
By Windows Talk
I have used a lot of ‘zip’ or file compression programs over the years, but the one I use these days is the free, open source 7-Zip program. True, Windows has its own built-in compression program, but sometimes you may want a little more control over your options, such as the amount of compression, as well as some other refinements.
Here’s a look at the ‘Add to Archive’ dialog box, which you can see when you right-click a file or folder and click 7Zip…from the menu:
Here you can control the amount of compression, split the compressed file to fit over multiple media and even choose to encrypt the compressed file with a password. You cannot do any of this with Windows’ Compressed Folders!
This excerpt is shared with permission from Windows Talk.