WinRAR 4.00 released, up to 30% faster decompression

By Emil ยท 20 replies
Mar 9, 2011
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  1. After almost three months of beta testing, WinRAR 4.00 has been released. You can download the new version directly for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

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  2. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    I use it because I honestly just need my computer to be able to open them and google gave me winrar first.

    Also "It's worth noting that as of version 4.00, WinRAR will no longer work on older Windows operating system"

    It should say systems
  3. 7-zip or bust.
  4. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    I'be been using 7-zip for the last few years
  5. cyriene

    cyriene TS Rookie Posts: 31

    7-zip has been working well for me.
  6. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,372   +69

    Be nice to know what winrar does as not everyone knows every piece of software. Is it like winzip?
  7. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TS Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    Similar to MP3s for sound, RAR seems to be a de facto standard compression format - everyone has the ability to unpack it so it doesn't matter if it's the best. Could say the same for the Zip format. I've used WinRAR for years, for its compatibility and its ability to encrypt an archive's filenames as well as the contents. I do use 7-Zip for most of my local archives, the ones that won't go up to the web for storage.
  8. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    I've used WinRAR and WinZip in the past, nothing compares to the speed and easy usability of WinRAR. I'll be upgrading to 4.00 soon, I just uninstalled the old version.
  9. WinZip v12 to compress and 7-Zip v4.65 to decompress, only zip format... fastest than WinRAR for very large files (HDDs of virtual machines like Virtual PC, VirtualBox and VMware).
  10. bonniesmith

    bonniesmith TS Rookie Posts: 40

    The only thing I hate with winrar is having to X out /cancel the 'trial' screen everytime, not like people are lining up to buy. Just make a free and paid version, simple.
  11. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 929   +31

    7-zip here too. no more trial nagging screen and it's pretty lightweight.
  12. I use both 7zip and winrar. I use 7zip as general purpose tool and winrar to test an archive because in multi part archives, winrar shows me which part is corrupt.
  13. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    Peazip for Windows.
  14. ansh1993

    ansh1993 TS Enthusiast Posts: 93

    Good news ! a very nice & light software .
  15. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,957   +214

  16. @bonniesmith
    on March 9, 2011
    9:34 PM The only thing I hate with winrar is having to X out /cancel the 'trial' screen everytime, not like people are lining up to buy. Just make a free and paid version, simple.

    How bout you pay for the damn thing? That'll get rid of the
    nag screen too. *****.
  17. I have used WinRAR for probably 20 years WinRAR has always offered cutting edge performance and a bloatware free product. I bought a license a few years ago (after 20 years I think owed them that and probably a lot more) and the great thing about it is that for that one time license fee I have been able to use that license with every new release since. I'll be a WinRAR user for life.
  18. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    IzArc > 7zip ;-)

    And WinRAR truly is the best compression utility, in my humble opinion.
  19. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    IzArc have shell integration?

    I switched from WinRAR to 7zip a couple years ago. I liked WinRAR just fine, but I never paid for a license, 7zip was free, so I just install that now on any fresh installations of Windows.
  20. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    7-Zip is all I've needed in recent years :) .
  21. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Yes, it does have shell integration (right click on a folder/file to open/compress/extract). It also supports drag 'n drop and it's a little more feature and design oriented than 7zip.

    WinRAR is a better program fur sure, but it is my belief that IZArc is superior to 7zip.

    I have an anecdote that doesn't really have much bearing on IZ vs 7z, but I actually managed to find a compressed file format that even the mighty 7zip couldn't open. To my surprise, IZArc had no problems with it. I'm sold.

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