Tutorial: Download & Installation of WinZip
Dr. Thomas E. Hicks
Computer Science Department
Compression and decompression applications exist for almost
every type of computer. Files are compressed for three reasons:
Files must be decompressed
Reduce the size. This makes storage of floppy disk more likely.
Combine many files/folders into a single file.
Make Internet tranport more efficient.
Return one or more files to their original state.
IBM PC Compression/Decompression
At one time there were several compression formats used
on IBM PC computers. Today, most files for this hardware are compressed
in a ZIP format. These compressed files easily recognizable because they
have a .zip extension. The Internet is loaded
with IBM ZIP files.
When a user downloads a ZIP file from the Internet, he/she
must use some type of software decompresssion program to return the ZIP
file to it's original state. There are many progams available at computer
stores and on the Internet which will compress and/or decompress ZIP files.
Some of these are freeware; some are shareware. I have
chosen the WinZip shareware application to describe because
the shareware fee is reasonable
it is the most popular package on the market
it is one of the easiest for users
it helps to remove many of those unnecessary
files created by application programs; this saves disk space
The Macintosh world has not been quite a quick to agree
upon one compression format. The Internet is loaded with Macintosh applications
compressed in HQX, BIN, or SIT formats. These files easily
recognizable because they have a .hqx , .bin,
The most popular package to decompress Macintosh files
is a freeware package called StuffIt Expander. It is not the purpose
of this handout to demonstrate MacIntosh compression strategies, but all
Internet users should at least recognize the common compression formats.
For software compression, he UNIX community generally uses
the TAR format. These files easily recognizable because they have a.tar extension.
The UNIX operating system is complete with tar and
utilities for compression and decompression.
Evaluation and Registration
WinZip is not free software. You are hereby licensed
to use this software for evaluation purposes without charge for a period
of 21 days. If you use this software after the 21 day evaluation period
a registration fee of $29 is required. Payments must be in US dollars drawn
on a US bank, and should be sent to Nico Mak Computing, Inc., P.O. Box
919, Bristol, CT 06011- 0919. Credit card ordering and quantity discounts
are available, as described in the section Ordering Information/Order Form.
When payment is received you will be sent a registered copy of the latest
version of WinZip.
1] Start your browser and go To Winzip's Home Page.
2] Many web companies change their home page frequently.
Somewhere on the page will be a link to Download an Evaluation Version.
Our goal, after reaching winzip's home page is to download an evaluation
copy of the WinZip shareware. Somewhere on the page will be a link
to Download an Evaluation Version. Using the mouse, push/select that
link! (See Below!)
3] Once again, we shall use the mouse to follow the links to the
evaluation copy. Using the mouse, select/push the Evaluation Link. . (See Below!)
4] Using the mouse, select/push the Save Button. See Below!
5] At this time, you will be given an opportunity to select a
desired download location. I would recommend downloading all software into the
Temp folder on hard drive C. In the graphic below,
6] Your browser will often attempt to approximate the
remaining download time. It is pretty small and will not take long. (See
the name for the download file will remain winzip81.exe
the file transfer location will be C:\Temp
using the mouse, push/select the Save button!
7] Using the mouse, double-click on My Computer and
double-click on folder Temp. From the graphic below, we can see that the
downloaded file has 921 KB and is called winzip81.exe.
The download file, winzip81.exe,
is a compressed, self-extracting archive. All self-extracting archive files
have a .exe extension. In order to
decompress any self-extracting archive, you need only double-click on the
icon with your mouse! Do so at this time!
8] Using the mouse, select/push the Setup Button!
9] Select where, on the hard drive, you want to install WinZip.
Most people select C:\Program Files\WinZip
Since my Program Files directory is on drive D, I have
selected to install the application in D:\Program Files\WinZip
Enter the desired location to store the winzip application;
using the mouse, push/select the OK button! (See Below!)
Winzip offers some free upgrades when you purchase a registered
copy of their software. If a legal copy has been previously purchased,
you will get an opportunity to install this upgrade! Using the mouse, select/push
the OK button. (See Below!)
10] Using the mouse, select/push the Setup Button!
11] Take time to view the license agreement! Using the mouse,
select/push the Yes button. (See Below!)
12] Message of thanks. Using the mouse, select/push the Next
13] Using the mouse, select/push the Start with WinZip
Classic Radio Button. Using the mouse, select/push the Next button.(See
14] Using the mouse, select/push the Next button.(See
15] Using the mouse, select/push the Finish button.(See
16] WinZip is now installed. You now have an option
to display tips whenever you start the program. Do as you like!(See
17] All zipped files have a .zipextension.
The Winzip application may now be used to decompress/unzip any files with
a zip extension. If you have an application
to decompress/unzip, you may open it and do so at this time. Otherwise,
close winzip! (See Below!)
16] As I mentioned above, there are freeware packages that
will decompress .zip files; this package is so well designed and easy to
use that it is well worth the investment. Should you choose not to pay
the shareware fee, it is your responsibility to remove the Winzip
software at the end of the free trial period.
17] Winzip must be installed on any computer used for
decompression. Downloading it from the Internet takes connectivity and
time. Those using a laboratory computers, should copy file
to a floppy disk in drive A in order to avoid repetitive downloads! It
will fit on a high density 3.5" floppy disk!
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