The Usage of WinRAR

| December 4, 2011

Developed by Eugene Roshal, WinRAR is widely used software which is very much liked by the people all over the globe. Developed in 1993, WinRAR is a shareware file archiver and a data compressor.


WinRAR supports a large number of features:

    • It provides support for  all the RAR format files and ZIP archives. WinRAR can also provide the unzipping of ARJ, ACE, LZH, BZ2, ISO, Z and EXE files.
    • It is capable of performing multithreaded compression.
    • It allows the user to create multi-volume and also self-extracting archives.
    • WinRAR has an option of archive encryption which is achieved by using AES.
    • In the software, redundancy is also provided which makes the reconstruction of damaged files and data possible.
    • WinRAR has a support for NTFS file system and also supports Unicode in the names of files.

WinRAR has continuously been releasing its new versions and all of them have some new and improved features. On 6th September 1996, version 2.00 was released and after that they kept releasing its new versions till version 4.00. Below is a bries summary of new and improved features which were introduced in each version

  • Since the release of version 2.90 a new format was introduced that was the RAR3 format. This format could not be managed by the older versions.
  • With the release of version 3.50, WinRAR added the ability to support skins and themes and this version also has support for Windows XP x64.
  • Version 3.60 has a unique version of compression algorithm that has increased the speed of compression of files and folders. The speed is specially increased on systems  that have multiple or dual-core CPU’s hyper-threading enabled CPU’s.
  • Windows Vista came and with that version 3.70 of WinRAR was released that supported Windows Vista.
  • Unicode file support was added in version 3.80.
  • Version 3.90 enhanced the support for multithreading and it also supported Windows x64 as well as Windows 7.
  • Version 4.00 was very much appreciated due to the increased speed of decompression but the drawback was that Windows 98, Windows NT and Windows Me were no longer supported. Atleast Windows 2000 was required to work with it.


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