Unzipping a program

Discussion in 'Computers, Hardware, and Operating Systems' started by WA4ILH, Jan 22, 2018.

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  1. WA4ILH

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    I just bought a Signalink USB interface and successfully set it up and loaded DIGIPAN on my laptop here in the shack. Everything went well but in order install the DIGIPAN program, I had to unzip it. My Windows 10 apparently did not have an unzip program. I was able to download WINZIP free for a “trial period.” I don’t remember unzipping a file being a problem in years past with earlier Windows OSs. Call me a cheapskate but, is there a free unzip program out there?
    Tom WA4ILH
  2. N5BCN

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  3. KT1F

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    I'm pretty sure Windows has understood zip files for quite a while without needing anything extra. I think you just double click on it and it prompts you where to expand to.

    But .. yeah, if you do need a program to unzip (and lots of other formats) 7-zip is really good.
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  4. WA4ILH

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    Thanks guys, I have downloaded 7-zip. I'm I just now getting on digital after nearly 48 years of being a ham.
    Tom WA4ILH
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  5. KS2G

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    Windows 10 has a "built in" ability to "unzip" files.

    Zip and unzip files

    Where you will see that it says:

    "To unzip all the contents of the zipped folder, press and hold (or right-click) the folder, select Extract All, and then follow the instructions."
  6. KG7WGX

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    Just for completness, I believe versions of Windows past WinXP do not support creating a zip file with the R-click context menu. For this you need third-party software.

    (insert suitable remarks about Microsoft here...)
  7. KV6O

    KV6O Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sure they do. Rt-Click, then select "Send to". A "Compressed (zipped) folder" is one of the choices.
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  8. KG7WGX

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    My mistake. The problem was that Windows past WinXP did not support creating a zip file with password protection, but unzipping those files still prompts for a password in later versions of Windows.

    WinRAR, etc. handle this, of course, but when I moved on from WinXP I encountered this minor problem. (However, I didn't remember the problem correctly...)
  9. WA9SVD

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    There are NO comments about MS that are acceptable on QRZ...

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