Create a Self Extracting Zip File with WinZip

WinZip is the popular file compression (or zipping) program that many Windows users use to combine multiple files into a single file for reasons such as reducing their size for emailing. But WinZip can do more than make just zip files.

WinZip allows you to make self-extracting executable(exe) files from your zipped archives. Self-extracting archives have an extension of .exe, and can be run as commands. When a self-extracting archive is run, the files in the archive are automatically extracted without the user having to have WinZip installed on the computer.

To make a self-extracting zip file open your zip file in WinZip and go to the Actions menu and click Make .Exe File to convert the open archive to a self-extracting archive. Pick a name and location to save the .exe file

For the Default "Unzip To" folder you can enter a location that the executable file will prompt you do unzip to when run or you can leave it blank and it will unzip to the temp directory. Spanning will make the WinZip Self-Extractor save one Zip file across multiple diskettes.

If you are running WinZip Self-Extractor Personal Edition or WinZip Self-Extractor you should be aware that you cannot create self-extracting Zip files if the original Zip file contains any files encrypted using AES encryption, or contains any files that were compressed using the enhanced deflate compression method, or uses the 64-bit Zip file format extensions.

The WinZip Self-Extractor Personal Edition is included with WinZip but is not available in the Personal Edition.

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