What is WinZip?

WinZip is a dedicated file archiving tool that has been around since 1991, although it has changed dramatically since its first iteration, surpassing other similar tools such as WinRAR.

It has evolved over the years to include more and more tools, and as of today, not only does it include file archiving tool but it also deals with:


The program is available as trialware, with all of its functionalities being available to those that have bought a full license. However, most of the tools that you will ever need are available in the free version.

How good is WinZip at file compression and unarchiving?

WinZip is regarded as the top user-grade file archiver in the world, and the best compression format available, ZIPX files can be opened only by using WinZip.

Of course, it can handle other popular formats as well, such as RAR, ZIP, 7 Z, and more.

It can also handle popular disk image formats, such as ISO, BIN, or IMG files.

In fact, it is an excellent tool that can be used to open a variety of lesser-known file formats:

What other scenarios is WinZip useful in?

Because of the multitude of other tools that it has, WinZip can indirectly be used in a variety of troubleshooting scenarios, including: