Somewhere out on that great information highway in the sky----
There must be a way to zip and unzip files --without registering and paying $30 , for something so basic that it should be included in Windows.
(Just like my car came with a lot of parts that I didn’t pay extra for: the windshield washer, rubber pads on the pedals, a fuel guage, etc… They were all right there, included in the basic price.
Because, ya know, it’s a pretty basic part of the system, that everybody uses.)
You may well be right. I don’t have an XP handy to check. It’s certainly present in Win7.
If indeed zipping has been there since XP then the OP’s issue makes even less sense than I thought. OTOH, Windows includes so many features “hiding” in plain sight that it’s not surprising that many people overlook them.
Hey, Luddite that I am, I used PKZIP and PKUNZIP on old DOS machines, since the days when Bill Gates was still in diapers. Throughout my experience with Windows up until a year or so ago, I continued to use those. The only time I ever needed to use WinZip was on occasion when someone sent me a WinZipped file that had something in it that PKUNZIP couldn’t understand.
ETA: BTW, Linux machines come with zip and unzip which seem to be more-or-less clones of PKZIP and PKUNZIP.
yeah, me too! I loved PKzip and PKunzip–but they only worked on file names with 8 characters. Is there a version that works with modern file names ?
I had no problems with XP. But now I’m using Windows 7–and right-clicking only allows zipping , but no unzipping. Which is pretty damned stupid.
[rant for the Pit]As usual, an "up"grade to a new version is in reality a downgrade. It has produced zero benefits, and created a significant problem that prevents me from working. When a client sends me a zipped file, I need to see it right now, not spend hours looking for a workaround[/rant in the Pit]