Almost every file that we download from the web these days has been compressed to decrease the file size and save the bandwidth. Because of this, almost all computer users install file archiving utility after installing Windows operating system. And when it comes to file archiving tools, Windows users have a couple of free and paid software to choose from.
Of all the free and paid file archiving tools available for Windows, 7-Zip is probably one of the best, free, and most downloaded software. Computer users who have been using 7-Zip probably know how powerful this free tool is.
To start with, it supports packing and unpacking of 7z, TAR, ZIP, WIM, GZIP and XZ formats. It also supports unpacking of over 25 formats, including the popular ISO, CAB, DMG, MSI, MBR, NTFS, RAR, UDF, VHD, and FAT. The software has been updated to support Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro editions.
Computers users who own a Windows RT powered device must be knowing that legacy desktop applications aren’t supported in Windows RT and one needs to download apps from the Windows Store. While there are a couple of file archiving tools such as 8-Zip, and the modern UI version of WinZip are available in Windows Store, 8-Zip lacks the power of 7-Zip, and the latter one isn’t free.
While there is no information on the official release of 7-Zip app for Windows 8 and Windows RT, Windows enthusiasts over at the XDA forums have successfully ported 7-Zip for Windows RT and is now available for download. But the catch is that, you need to jailbreak your Windows RT device to be able to install the app and as you probably know, not everyone is comfortable with jailbreaking the idea.
Users who have already jailbroken their Windows RT devices can simply head over to the download page to start downloading the required files. And if you are using a Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro powered tablet, you can download the desktop version of 7-Zip software from the below mentioned download link.