1. What is a ZIP file
ZIP is a popular archive format widely using in Internet. Like other
archives, ZIP files are data containers, they store one or several
files in the compressed form. After you downloaded ZIP file, you need
to unpack its contents in order to use it.
2. How to handle ZIP files
WinRAR provides the complete support for ZIP files, so you may
both create and unpack them. If you installed WinRAR on your computer
and downloaded ZIP file from Internet, you may double click on ZIP file
icon to open it in WinRAR, select all files, press "Extract To"
button, enter a destination path and press "OK".
Another way is to click on the ZIP file in Explorer using the right mouse
button. If you enabled "Shell integration" option when installing WinRAR,
the file context menu will contain "Extract to ..." item.
3. ZIP versus RAR
The main advantage of ZIP format is its popularity. ZIP file format
was developed a long time ago and perhaps it is still the most known
archive type, so a large part of Internet archives are ZIP files.
But some important RAR format features,
such as the recovery record, are missing in ZIP.
RAR archives usually provide a higher compression ratio than ZIP file format.
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