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Do I have to buy winzip?
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Old 16-06-2007, 10:30 PM
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Default Do I have to buy winzip?

I have been using winzip to extract and create my zip files for years without the need to pay for it. And I still can do so on my old laptop. Now On my new PC, I can not use it after my evaluation period is over, which it wasn't like this before
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Old 16-06-2007, 10:32 PM
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Try http://www.7-zip.org/ its free

Unless you click on the registration info and copy that across to the new PC, click on Help then About to see the version and the registered details then download the version from here http://www.oldversion.com/program.php?n=winzip and enter the details.

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Old 16-06-2007, 11:36 PM
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Windows XP and Vista have built-in support for .zip files called 'Compressed (zipped) folders', so you don't need to install a dedicated tool like WinZip. See http://www.mhuffman.com/notes/zip/zip.html
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Old 17-06-2007, 1:48 AM
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There's also WinRAR; http://www.rarlab.com/
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Old 17-06-2007, 2:18 PM
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A free unzipper or securezip for free
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Old 17-06-2007, 5:16 PM
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I've had winzip for several years and always have had the most recent version. I've never had to pay for it
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Old 17-06-2007, 5:53 PM
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I've had winzip for several years and always have had the most recent version. I've never had to pay for it
Well, on WinZip's website the price for WinZip 11.1 is $29.95.
But I suppose that there are other websites where it can be downloaded without paying for it.

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Old 17-06-2007, 5:59 PM
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I've had winzip for several years and always have had the most recent version. I've never had to pay for it
Just because noone has ever forced you to pay it, doesn't mean you're using it legally. It is shareware and bat999 had given the price it costs after the evaluation period is over.
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Old 17-06-2007, 6:01 PM
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Just because noone has ever forced you to pay it, doesn't mean you're using it legally. It is shareware and bat999 had given the price it costs after the evaluation period is over.
Thanks superscaper, this is what it says on WinZip's website:-

Did you think WinZip was free?

Many people have this misconception (probably because we offer a free evaluation version), but WinZip has never been free software. So if you plan to use WinZip beyond the 45-day evaluation period, please be sure to buy your official license.

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Old 17-06-2007, 6:03 PM
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Every bit of trialware I've ever known shuts down once it's trial period has ended unless you purchase it.

So why is winzip different?
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There's also WinRAR; http://www.rarlab.com/
Note that WinRAR, isn't free either.

I use the free IZArc, but the free ones already mentioned are perfectly OK.

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Every bit of trialware I've ever known shuts down once it's trial period has ended unless you purchase it. So why is winzip different?
The makers hope you'll be honest enough not to use it past its expiry date . G
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WinZip and WinRAR always used to work after the Evaluation period. There would just be a reminder at start-up.
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Yes it relies on an honour system. Unfortunately by definition dishonest people show why this doesn't always work. It has used this system ever since I can remember so it's hardly a new concept, alanrowell. How easy it is to use illegally doesn't make it any more legal.
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Old 17-06-2007, 6:10 PM
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If I remember correctly, with the earlier versions of WinZip the evaluation period went on for ever. Just a nag each time.
But it seems that the later versions specify a 45-day evaluation.

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Old 17-06-2007, 6:22 PM
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Can't say I've tried recent versions. I use stardock's Object desktop which includes it's own zip utility. Not the best but it does what I want. If alanrowell genuinely didn't know then fine, at least he does now and can pay for it (or uninstall it).
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Old 20-06-2007, 3:02 PM
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Someone already mention it, but it's worth repeating, izarc is the tops for compression utilities these days, it is free and handles any file compression you care to throw at it, awesome tool.
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Old 20-06-2007, 3:52 PM
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Yes you have to buy it.

Although I have noticed that both winrar and winzip given reminders to buy the full version. BUT if you just do a right click and go "extract here" the main app doesn't load and you get no reminder... thought they would have set a remind to come up for that too, they seem to have missed that.

If you must buy one, go with winrar, does pretty much everything winzip does and covers rar files, which have much better compression ratios. Although as someone has already pointed out iZarc does all that for free.
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Old 20-06-2007, 3:54 PM
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Winzip is having a special offer at the monment its if you signup to offers you get winzip for free, just go to the offical wipzip website and check it out.
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Old 20-06-2007, 4:05 PM
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Windows XP and Vista have built-in support for .zip files called 'Compressed (zipped) folders', so you don't need to install a dedicated tool like WinZip. See http://www.mhuffman.com/notes/zip/zip.html
Just to second this...I occasionally have to install winrar etc to handle the odd old file led about the place, but if I'm zipping stuff up myself 99% of the time it's easier just to use compressed (zipped) folders.
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I agree with ASUS (post #2 above). We've used 7-zip for long time now and found it to be much faster and easier to use than Winzip (and no nag screen!!).


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