Tweakbytes [Official] WinRAR Christmas 2017 Giveaway

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    We @ Tweakbytes.com are very pleased to
    announce our

    WinRAR Christmas 2017 Giveaway


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    We would like to thank WinRAR Marketing Team
    for donating the licenses for this giveaway.


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    WinRAR is the world's most popular compression software! This compression software offers a full list of quality ZIP features and supports a host of extraction formats. You can compress files into RAR 5, RAR 4, and ZIP archive formats and can extract a number of different archives. This ZIP software supports the extraction of 14 archive formats. In addition to RAR and ZIP, these include RAR, ZIP, 7Z, ACE, ARJ, BZ2, CAB, GZ, ISO, JAR, LZ, LZH, TAR, UUE, XZ, Z, ZIPX and 001.

    In this new version 5.50 RARLabs has added extraction support for .LZ archives created by Lzip compressor, inclusion of LZ and ZIPX are added to list of associations in Settings/Integration dialog and LZ and ZIPX extensions are added to default list of formats for -ms switch ("Specify file types to store") invoked without parameters. WinRAR scores high in our extraction format category.

    The first WinRAR version, with the proprietary RAR format, was released in 1993. The format is a chief rival of the ever-present ZIP format. Though you can only compress files into the two formats, this ZIP software lets you unzip 14 different formats. WinRAR includes the ability to create self-extracting files, split archives into multiple volumes and repair damaged files. WinRAR also can scan your archives for viruses before you extract the files.

    This application's most user-friendly aspects are the drag-and-drop feature and the Archive Wizard. WinRAR automatically detects the type of files you are compressing and adjusts the compression rate accordingly. WinRAR uses a traditional display involving menu trees that lets you go to your archive folder and drag the files or folder into WinRAR.

    There are several versions of RAR, for a number of operating environments: Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, and Mac OS X.

    There are two versions of RAR for Windows:

    (1) Version with graphical user interface - WinRAR.exe;
    (2) Command line console (text mode) version - Rar.exe.

    WinRAR and WinRAR self-extracting modules require Windows XP SP3 or later.

    WinRAR features

    • Complete support of RAR and ZIP 2.0 archives;
    • Highly sophisticated, original compression algorithm;
    • Shell interface including drag-and-drop facility and wizard;
    • Command line interface;
    • Non RAR archives (7Z, ACE, ARJ, BZ2, CAB, GZ, ISO, JAR, LZ, LZH, TAR, UUE, XZ, Z, 001 and several ZIPX types) management;
    • Solid archiving, which can raise compression ratio by 10% - 50% over more common methods, particularly when packing a large number of small, similar files;
    • Multi-volume archives;
    • Creation of self-extracting archives (also multi-volume) using the default or optional SFX modules;
    • Recovering physically damaged archives;
    • Recovery volumes allowing to reconstruct missing parts of multi-volume archives.
    • Unicode support in file names;
    • Other service functions, such as encryption, archive comments, error logging, etc.


    WinRAR Shell
    The WinRAR shell may be in one of two basic states:

    (1) file management mode
    (2) archive management mode.

    In the file management mode, a list of files and folders from the current working folder is displayed. You can select files and folders in the usual Windows fashion, with a mouse or keyboard, and perform different file operations such as archiving or deleting. Also in this mode it is possible to perform test and extract operations with groups of archives.

    In the archive management mode, the list of archived files and folders from the currently opened archive is displayed. You also may select files and folders and perform archive specific operations such as extracting, testing or commenting.

    When you run WinRAR you will see "Main menu" along with the icons that you will need to get you started.

    The Main menu are: (1) File (2) Commands, (3) Tools, (4) Favorites, (5) Options and the (6) Help menu. Please see the images below for a view of the contents drop-downlist as you click each one of them.



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    The top buttons of the WinRAR window you will definitely notice are: (a) Add, (b) Extract To (c) Test (d) View (e) Delete (f) Find (g) Wizard (h) Info, and lastly (i) Repair. To the normal user (like me) this is where you will need to start so you can use WinRAR with ease.


    ARCHIVING FILES

    Archive file in Windows Explorer or Desktop
    This will be easier if you have enabled "Integrate WinRAR into shell" option when installing WinRAR. Select the files you are going to compress, in Explorer or Desktop, "right-click" mouse button on the selected files and choose "Add to archive…", "Add to <archive name>...", Compress and Email...", and "Compress to <archive name> and email".

    A dialog box will appear -- "Archive name and parameters".

    Selecting one or more files, enter a destination archive name in the dialog box -- "Archive name and parameters" or just accept the default name given. Also in this dialog box you may select the parameters that you would like to use or change.

    Now for the non-techy mind the default settings given in the dialog boxes are good enough and safe to use. Perhaps just an additional change in the,

    "General > Set Password" --you will of course from time to time use this one
    "General > Compression method --to either fast, best, fastest"

    "General > Archiving options > Test archived files" or if you fancy "Create SFX archive" which as we all know is an executable file
    "General > Comment"--where you can type-in a description of your archive.

    Click "OK" to start the archiving process. An archive will be created in the same folder as the selected files. During process/operation a windows will be displayed showing statistics. If you wish to break or stop the archiving process just click the "Cancel" button in the command window. If you want to "minimize" it and let it run in the background, there is a "Background" button that you can use. Upon completion the command window will disappear and the newly created archive becomes the current selected file in WinRAR.

    Much faster is by using drag-and-drop, just select the file/files and drag-and-drop it to an existing archive icon and drop them. Files will be added to this archive.

    To me as a long time WinRAR user I change settings depending on my needs if the files are sensitive or not or it has to be sent via email or I want it to be opened out-rightly when the file is received. Stuff like that. For ordinary archiving/compression I use the default/normal with or without password protection. For beginners, the "Add" button in the WinRAR window or the "Wizard -create a new archive / add files to already existing archive" will be much simpler. The use of the Main menu > Commands > "Add files to archive" command is perhaps tailored for the conventional minds.


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    Archive file in WinRAR shell mode
    Run WinRAR by "double-click" or press Enter on the WinRAR icon or via Windows "Start menu": enter "Programs". WinRAR will then display a list of files and folders in the current folder. You need to go to the folder, which contains files to archive. You need to click on the small disk icons in the bottom left corner, to change the current disk.

    Click the "Up arrow" button below the toolbar or double-click on the folder named ".." to go to the parent folder. "Double-click" on any other folder to enter that desired folder. Select the files and folders you are going to archive. Having selected one or more files, click on the Add button at the top of the WinRAR window, or select the "Add files to archive" command in the Main menu > Commands. Enter the destination archive name in the dialog box which appears or simply accept the default name. You may select, in this dialog, the format of the new archive (RAR or ZIP), compression level, volume size and other archiving parameters. This dialog described in details in Archive name and parameters dialog topic. Click on the OK button when you are ready to create the archive.

    Add files using drag-and-drop, to an existing RAR archive can be achieved by selecting the desired archive in the WinRAR window or "double click" on its name. Now add files to the archive by simply dragging them from another program and dropping to WinRAR.


    Archive files using command line
    Below is the common command line syntax for archiving files is:

    WinRAR A [ -switches ] <Archive> [ Files ] [ @File lists ]

    For example, if you wish add the file LETTER.TXT to the archive LETTERS.RAR, type:

    WinRAR A LETTERS.RAR LETTER.TXT

    If an archive extension is not specified, WinRAR will use the default archive format selected in the default compression profile, but you may override it by specifying either .RAR or .ZIP extension.

    The next example: add all *.WAV files to the solid RAR archive Songs:

    WinRAR A -S Songs.RAR *.WAV

    It is also possible to list the files to be archived in a file, rather than listing them in the command line. In this case the name of text file, containing the list of files to be archived, must be given in the command line. This is indicated by placing the symbol @ before this file name. Thus, you can create a file Binaries, containing the strings *.exe and *.com and execute the command:

    WinRAR A TOOLS.ZIP @Binaries

    to add all files with .EXE and .COM extensions from the current folder to ZIP archive TOOLS.

    If you wish to stop the archiving process just click the "Cancel" button in the command window. If you want to "minimize" it and let it run in the background, there is a "Background" button that you can use. If archiving is completed without problems, WinRAR terminates. Diagnostic message window is displayed in case of error.


    SFX archives
    An SFX or SelF-eXtracting archive is an archive, merged with an executable module, which is used to extract files from the archive when executed. Thus no external program is necessary to extract the contents of an SFX archive, it is enough to execute it. Nevertheless WinRAR can work with SFX archives as with any other archives, so if you do not want to run a received SFX archive (for example, because of possible viruses), you may use WinRAR to view or extract its contents.

    All SFX archives usually have .exe extension as any other executable file. People nowadays use SFX archives as a convenient way to send a file to someone else, but do not know, if they have an appropriate archiver to extract the files in the archive.

    To create an SFX archive from the command line or via WinRAR shell either select "Create SFX archive" option in Archive name and parameters dialog, when creating a new archive or enter into an already existing archive and press "SFX" button.

    In the WinRAR shell you can select the desired SFX module from the list displayed when executing Main menu > Tools > Convert archive to SFX command.

    If an archive is already self-extracting, using the command "Convert archive to SFX" will give you options to, "Do not change SFX module", "Add a new SFX module", or "Remove the already existing module from the archive". In this case WinRAR does not touch the original archive and creates a new archive with the same contents, but without self-extracting module.




    EXTRACTING FILES

    Extracting files in WinRAR shell mode
    To extract a file using WinRAR you must first open the archive in WinRAR by:

    (1) Double-clicking or press "Enter" on the archive name in the Windows Explorer window or Desktop. If WinRAR was associated with archives during installation, an archive will be opened in WinRAR. You may also associate WinRAR with archives after the installation using the Integration settings -- Main menu > Options > Settings > Integration.

    (2) Double-clicking or press "Enter" on the archive name in the WinRAR window itself.

    (3) Drag-and drop an archive to the WinRAR icon or window. Before doing this ensure that WinRAR does not already display another archive, otherwise the dropped archive will be added to the currently displayed archive.

    (4) Run WinRAR from the command-line with a single parameter - the archive name.

    When an archive is opened in WinRAR its contents are displayed and can be viewed. Select files/folders which you want extracted. Selecting one or more files, click the "Extract To" button at the top f the WinRAR window and click "OK". The "Extract To" dialog box also offers a few advanced options. During the extraction process, a window will be displayed showing the process. If you want to "minimize" it and let it run in the background, there is a "Background" button that you can use. If the extraction is completed without errors, WinRAR will return to the shell, in case of an error, a "Diagnostic message" windows will be displayed showing the error/info.

    If you wish to stop the extracting process just click the "Cancel" button in the command window. If you want to "minimize" it and let it run in the background, there is a "Background" button that you can use. If the extraction is completed without errors, WinRAR will return to the shell, in case of an error, a Diagnostic message window will be displayed.

    Extracting files in Windows Explorer or Desktop
    This will be easier if you have enabled "Integrate WinRAR into shell" option when installing WinRAR.

    Select the files you are going to compress, in Explorer or Desktop, "right-click" mouse button on the selected files and choose "Open with WinRAR" --WinRAR shell will open, "Extract files..." -- enter the destination desired folder click "OK", "Extract Here" --to current folder, and "Extract to <folder name>\" -- without additional requests.

    Drag-and drop method is done by selecting the archive/s and then press-and-hold the right
    mouse button then drag the selected archive to the selected folder destination.

    For beginners, the "Extract To" button in the WinRAR window or the "Wizard --unpack an archive" will be much simpler. The use of the Main menu > Commands > "Add files to archive" command is perhaps tailored for the conventional minds.


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    Extracting files using command line
    Below is the common command line syntax to extract files with full paths:

    WinRAR X [ -switches ] <Archive> [ Files ] [ @File lists ] [ Destination folder\ ]

    To extract files, ignoring paths:

    WinRAR E [ -switches ] <Archive> [ Files ] [ @File lists ] [ Destination folder\ ]

    For example if you wish extract the file LETTER.TXT to the current folder from the archive LETTERS.RAR, use the following command:

    WinRAR X LETTERS.RAR LETTER.TXT

    Archive extension is optional and may be omitted.

    The next command extracts all *.WAV files from the archive Songs to the folder Audio:

    WinRAR X Songs *.WAV Audio\


    It is also possible to list the files to be extracted in a file, rather than listing them in the command line. In this case the name of text file, containing the list of files to be extracted, must be given in the command line. This is indicated by placing the symbol @ before this file name. Thus, you can create a file Binaries, containing the strings *.exe and *.com and execute the command:

    WinRAR X TOOLS @Binaries


    to extract all files with EXE and COM extensions from the archive TOOLS to the current folder.

    If you wish to stop the extracting process just click the "Cancel" button in the command window. If you want to "minimize" it and let it run in the background, there is a "Background" button that you can use. If the extraction is completed without errors, WinRAR will return to the shell, in case of an error, a Diagnostic message window will be displayed.






    TEST ARCHIVE FILE

    The easiest way to test an archive for errors is by opening the target archive to be tested is by either double-clicking the archive (this opens the archive inside WinRAR) or by selecting the archive > right-clicking > Open with WinRAR. When the archive file opens in WinRAR you can just select "Test" button at the top of the WinRAR window. All errors found during test are displayed in the "Diagnostic messages" window. If no errors detected, WinRAR will display a corresponding message.

    "Test archived files" can also be availed via the Main menu > Commands > "Test archived files" or via the Alt + T keyboard shortcut.

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    VIEW CONTENTS OF AN ARCHIVE

    To "view" the files/contents inside an archive you can either use Main menu > Command > View File, or click on the "View" button in the WinRAR window or via keyboard shortcut -- Alt+V.

    In the "View file" command, WinRAR shows the contents of the file under the cursor in the internal viewer window regardless of the file contents or configuration settings, but if you were to press Enter on a file name, several different results are possible. If the file under the cursor is an archive, WinRAR will open it and display its contents, otherwise further actions depend upon them settings specified in Viewer settings dialog. With this dialog you may force WinRAR to always use the internal viewer, to open the file in the external viewer, to call a program associated by Windows with this file type or to ask, each time before viewing the file, which action described above should be executed.

    WinRAR can be used to view normal files, whether in an archive or not. If an external program is called to view an archived file, WinRAR unpacks this file to a temporary folder, passes its name to the external program and waits for the program to terminate. After this WinRAR tests the file modification time and if it was updated, offers to update this file in the archive and then deletes the temporary folder with the extracted file.

    Note that the scheme described above is slightly modified, when Enter is pressed on an archived file, which has .exe extension. In this case WinRAR extracts not only this file, but the complete contents of the archive to the temporary folder and then runs the executable file. The following steps are similar to those described above: WinRAR waits for the executable to terminate, then tests the modification time of the extracted files and if changed or if new files were created, offers to update the archive. The temporary folder and its contents are then deleted. This method of processing .exe files allows programs to be run directly from an archive. For example, you may use it to install new programs without unpacking a distributive manually, simply enter to an archive and press Enter on setup.exe or install.exe program.
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    DELETING CONTENTS OF AN ARCHIVE

    To run the "Delete" command use either Commands menu, button "Delete" on the toolbar, Alt+D or Del keyboard shortcuts. "Delete" command is accessible both in file management and in archive management modes. In file management mode it deletes the selected files and folders to the Recycle Bin, so you have the chance to restore accidentally deleted data. But in archive management mode the selected files and folders are deleted from the archive completely, without any possibility of restoring them later, so you need to be careful here.

    In file management mode you can also delete files permanently. Using the keyboard, press "Shift+Del" instead of "Del" key to avoid moving files to the Recycle Bin.

    "Shift+Del" command silently deletes even files with read-only and system attributes and permits to delete files with non-standard names, such as with trailing spaces and dots. Usual Recycle Bin based delete can fail to process such names.

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    FIND FILES


    Click the "Find" toolbar button in the WinRAR window to access the find feature. Using "Find files" dialog it is possible to search for files contained the specified string either in the opened archive or in selected folders or disks. Dialog items are described below.

    File name to find
    By default it contains "*", what means to check all files. You may enter other file mask here, for example, "*.txt" to search only in .txt files. It is allowed to enter several file masks separated by spaces. If you need to specify a file name containing spaces, enclose it in quotes.

    String to find
    Here you may enter a string to find. If you leave this field blank, WinRAR will display all files matching other specified criteria.

    Match case
    Enables case sensitive string comparison.

    Use all tables
    Use ANSI, Unicode and OEM (MS DOS) character tables when searching for string. If this option is off, WinRAR uses only the default Windows character table (ANSI) in the search operation.

    Hexadecimal search
    Treat the entered string as sequence of hexadecimal values separated by spaces.

    Disks and folders
    This field contains list of disks, folders or archive names to search in. Also you may select predefined <Current folder>, <Local hard drives> also as separate disks from the drop down list.

    Archive types
    Archive types to search in. By default it contains "*", what means "all archive formats", but, for example, you may enter "*.rar" to search data only in rar archives. It is allowed to enter several archive masks separated by spaces. Because of technical limitations WinRAR is not able to search for text in ACE archives, other formats supported by WinRAR are supported here.

    "Find in subfolders" option
    Forces WinRAR to search not only in the specified folder, but also in its subfolders.

    "Find in files" option
    If enabled, WinRAR will search in usual not archived files matching the specified file name.

    "Find in archives" option
    Enables to search in the archived files. You may set both "Find in files" and "Find in archives" to search a desired string both in archives and in usual files.

    "Skip encrypted" option
    If password is required to search inside of encrypted archive, such archive is skipped silently.

    "Save" button
    This button saves the current state of dialog, so it will be automatically restored when activated next time.

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    WinRAR WIZARD

    WinRAR Wizard is designed for novices (like most of us who have been using WinRAR) and allows to perform basic compression and decompression operations using the simple step by step procedure. To use it click the "Wizard" button on WinRAR toolbar to display the wizard dialog. By default this button is visible both inside and outside of archives, but you may disable or enable it like other toolbar buttons with "Select buttons…" in "General settings" dialog. (Another option of the same, "General settings" dialog, "Activate Wizard on start", allows to run Wizard every time when WinRAR starts).

    Every Wizard dialog contains a brief instruction at the top, describing dialog contents and possible user actions. You may also press Help button to get more detailed instructions. Clicking the "Wizard" button will show a dialog box "Choose operation" where you are given 3 options, namely: (1) Unpack an archive, (2) Create a new archive, and (3) Add files to already existing archive.

    Unpack an archive
    Selecting this will unpack/decompress or extract the contents of any archive. Click "Browse" button, locate your archive, put the cursor to its name and press "Open". Also, instead of using "Browse", you may drag the archive icon and drop the icon to this dialog.

    After archive selection, click "Next" button at the bottom of dialog. You will need to select a destination folder for the unpacking process to begin. Click "Finish" to start the unpacking process.




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    Create a new archive
    Selecting this will allow you to create a new archive. The next dialog box will ask you to "add files/folders" that you wish as contents of your new archive. You have to enter a name for your archive. WinRAR usually will propose a "name" for the new archive but of course it will be on you if you will accept it or enter your preferred name.

    If "Default folder for archives" option in WinRAR settings is not blank, WinRAR will propose to create an archive in this folder. Otherwise the proposed name does not include the path and archive will be created on Desktop. If you wish to create it in another folder, click "Browse" button, find a folder to place the archive, enter an archive name in the "File name" field and click "Open".

    A dialog box will appear asking you further options where you can opt to a "Faster, but less tight compression", Delete files after archiving", "Create self-extracting (.exe) archive, Set password for your archive, and splitting you archive into several parts. Click "Finish" to execute.




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    Add files to already existing archive
    "Add files to already existing archive" option, you will be prompted to "Select files to add" dialog box, where you need to select those files, and add it to the archive of your preference. The next dialog box will ask you to name the target "existing" archive or you can just lick "Browse" and locate the archive manually.

    A dialog box will appear asking you further options where you can opt to a "Faster, but less tight compression", Delete files after archiving", Set password for your archive, and splitting you archive into several parts. Click "Finish" to execute.

    Just a note on setting passwords before using this wizard option "Add files to already existing archive", when you set a password for the files you wish to add to your preferred-existing archive, WinRAR will only implement that password protection to those specified files and not the whole archive you are updating.




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    INFO / SHOW INFORMATION OF AN ARCHIVE

    The "Info" button is the "show information" command and can also be accessed via the Main menu > Tools > Show Information, or via the "Info" button in the toolbar of WinRAR window.

    Gives you the information about contents of selected files and folders: the total size, a number of files and subfolders, a number of archives. To improve the operation speed archives are detected basing only on the file name extension, so self-extracting archives are not counted here. File scanning may take a long enough time, but if you wish you may close the dialog in any moment. Other pertinent options are given in the dialog box are "Options", "Comment" and "SFX".




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    VIRUS SCAN

    To scan an archive for viruses you can either click "VirusScan" button in toolbar of WinRAR window or by Main menu > Tools > Scan archive for viruses. A dialog box will appear with the following options.

    Virus scanners found by WinRAR
    List of antivirus software installed on a computer and identified by WinRAR. If this list contains several virus scanners, you may choose anyone which you like. If the list contains only "User defined" item, it means that WinRAR could not find any antivirus software and you need to specify a scanner name and parameters manually.

    Virus scanner name
    Name of virus scanner executable. You need to modify this field only if WinRAR cannot find antivirus software installed on your computer and "Virus scanners found by WinRAR" list contains only "User defined" item. In such case you need to press "Browse" button and locate a virus scanner .exe file, which will be called by WinRAR to check unpacked files.

    Virus scanner parameters
    Parameters passed to virus scanner. You need to modify this field either if WinRAR cannot find antivirus software installed on your computer or if it passes invalid parameters to virus scanner. For example, it may happen if command line syntax of antivirus program is changed in a new version. Usually virus scanners require only one parameter - the name of folder containing unpacked files. WinRAR denotes this folder as %f. Since its name may include spaces, it is necessary to enclose it in quotes, so most likely you need to place "%f" string to this field. Though, some scanners may require additional options, which can be found in their documentation.

    If you use only one antivirus and do not need to modify its parameters every time, you may skip the virus scanner selection dialog by turning "Propose to select virus scanner" option in Security settings off.




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    REPAIR AN ARCHIVE

    If WinRAR considers an archive/selected files as corrupt it will attempt to repair them.
    The "Repair" command can be used either “Main menu > Tools > Repair archive" or via the "Repair" button on the toolbar.

    WinRAR is able to repair only RAR and ZIP archives. WinRAR tries to detect the type of the archive automatically using archive data and extension, but user also may set an archive type manually. The source archive is not changed and result of operation is stored into a new archive, which is named fixed.arcname.rar or rebuilt.arcname.rar, where 'arcname' is the original archive name. Success of "Repair" operation depends on the archive type and type and size of damaged area. Chance of successful RAR archive repair is significantly higher if it has the recovery record. If archive does not contain the recovery record, chances are lower for solid archives and no repair is possible for archives with encrypted file names.




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    Latest stable version is WinRAR ver5.50 (August 14, 2017)


    Significant changes in WinRAR version 5.50:

    (a) Setting of RAR5.0 as the default archive format.

    RAR5.0 has been around since WinRAR ver5.0 but it was not set as default (its default was still RAR4).

    RAR5.0 (RAR in "Archive name and parameters > Archive format") which supports more functions and higher compression. RAR4 is a previous version of RAR format, which lacks some important changes like AES-256 encryption (RAR4 has only AES-128 encryption), more efficient recovery record, larger dictionary sizes introduced by RAR5 format in WinRAR 5.0 in 2013.

    Some older tools including WinRAR versions prior to WinRAR 5.0 are not able to decompress archives in latest RAR format. If you wish to create RAR archives compatible with such software, you can select RAR4 option in "Archive name and parameters > Archive format".

    If ZIP archive format is selected, preparations are finished at this stage. With RAR and RAR5 there are two more important options affecting compression: dictionary size and solid archiving mode. Compression dictionary is the memory area used by compression algorithm to find and compress repeated data patterns. Larger dictionary frequently improves compression of big files, especially in solid mode, but it also leads to slower compression and higher memory requirements. Normally it is recommend to use 4 MB dictionary for RAR format and 32 MB for RAR5 (RAR 5.0) archive format.

    Solid archiving mode compresses files as single contiguous data stream which results in higher compression ratio when processing many small similar files. But there are also disadvantages one is it reduces speed of further archive modifications and increases amount of data loss in case of archive damage.

    (b) New "master password" option in "Organize passwords".

    "Organize passwords" gives users a convenient way to save frequently used passwords and access them quickly later. It contains the list of password records stored by user. Normally password labels and archive masks are included to this list, but if no label is defined, the password text is displayed instead of label in "Label" column. "Organize passwords" from usual the WinRAR password dialog. Click "Organize passwords..." button, when you enter the archive password or when WinRAR requests a password for encrypted file or archive.

    This master password usage is to encrypt saved password records and protect them from unauthorized access. If saved passwords are protected with master password, you need to enter the master password and press "OK" in password prompt to access them. If entered password does not match the master password, it is treated as a "usual" password for archive operations.

    The master password, when entered, is valid until WinRAR is closed. If you close or exit WinRAR you will be prompted to enter the master password again in order to access files in a password protected archive. Close WinRAR and open it again after specifying the master password if you wish to see how protection works. Enter a valid and then empty master password to remove encryption from previously protected
    password records.

    WinRAR version 5.50 uses a new data format for password organizer, so passwords stored in "Organize passwords" dialog are not readable by older versions. It does not affect archive encryption formats and encrypted archives are compatible with previous WinRAR version.
    Organizer data is converted to a new format only when you save it and not immediately after installing WinRAR.




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    WinRAR 5.50 Integration Comparison to previous versions

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    WinRAR offers a 40day trial usage of without limitations of its features. At the end of the 40 day period a license is needed to further use it.




    WinRAR Official Home Page

    WinRAR Official Download Page

    WinRAR FAQ

    Download WinRAR 5.50 x64 HERE

    Download WinRAR 5.50 x32 HERE

    Download WinRAR Themes HERE

    WinRAR Official Support Page

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    WinRAR licenses for this giveaway contest

    WinRAR Marketing team has provided Tweakbytes Forum
    Five (5) licenses of WinRAR ver 5.50 for this
    Christmas 2017 Giveaway
    !

    (These are perpetual/version limited licenses for the latest version WinRAR 5.50, including minor upgrades to WinRAR 5.5x)






    To participate please follow these 4 simple GOLDEN RULES!


    1. Open to all members.

    2. Please answer the question below.


    "WHAT is your current compression tool/archiver and WHY do you want to switch to WinRAR 5.50"

    Post your answers as giveaway/contest entry below alongside your social media share.

    Please see sample entry below.


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    3. To show your gratitude and support to the developer please share this giveaway by pasting the code below in your Facebook/Twitter/Google+ Account.

    Code:
    http://tweakbytes.com/threads/tweakbytes-official-winrar-christmas-2017-giveaway.5838/
    



    REQUIRED

    All those who will join MUST like/follow WinRAR's social networking sites
    (both or any of the sites will do). Again this is required by WinRAR Marketing.




    4. Only one entry per IP is permitted.
    If you are using a VPN/Proxy to enter into this giveaway this against our forum rules BUT we guess ultimately members will try. So please take note, that if another member has also entered this same giveaway with the same VPN/Proxy before you did, then your entry will simply not be valid.

    Rules are pretty simple . To enter this contest you must comply with these above 4 simple GOLDEN RULES to be considered as a valid entry.



    WINNERS WILL RECEIVE


    Each of the 5 winners will receive one (1) license of WinRAR 5.50
    (These are perpetual/version limited licenses for the latest version WinRAR 5.50, including minor upgrades to WinRAR 5.5x)





    Winning member’s names will be selected by random.org and once winner’s names have been posted winners will only have 3 days to send a PM to claim their prize.
    WinRAR requires that "winners" send the following data below to facilitate the preparation of licenses. Please include the required data in your PM claim.

    1. Name (First/Last name):
    2. Street:
    3. ZIP/City:
    4. Country:
    5. E-Mail:

    WINNERS SEE ADDITIONAL INFO BELOW


    The Giveaways will run from
    December 10, 2017 to January 15, 2018





    Goodluck to all!!!




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    jasonX Giveaways Moderator Staff Member

    ADDITIONAL INFO

    NO CONFIRMATION FOR THOSE WITH INSUFFICIENT/INCOMPLETE DETAILS.

    NO CONFIRMATION TO THOSE WHO WILL NOT GIVE THE COMPLETE/REQUIRED INFORMATION.


    Prize will be FORFEIT if a PM claim is not received within the specified timeframe.

    Prize will be FORFEIT if a PM claim is "not confirmed".


     
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  4. jasonX

    jasonX Giveaways Moderator Staff Member

    GIVEAWAY IS OPEN.
     
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  5. Overlord

    Overlord Member

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  6. LowcyGier

    LowcyGier Senior Member Silver Member

    I currently use the program: 7-Zip.
    I want to go to WinRAR because if the archive fails, the program will be able to repair it. Thanks to this program I will be able to create self-extracting archives using 64-bit architecture and the AES-256 algorithm.
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  7. OSMAN

    OSMAN Member

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  8. vhick

    vhick Member

    "WHAT is your current compression tool/archiver and WHY do you want to switch to WinRAR 5.50"

    I'm a long time user of 7-zip until I see this giveaway, so I decided to give it a shot to join. I've always wanted to have a WinRAR. I try it before the 40-days evaluation. It is so powerful and easy to use. I really like when I try to manage different files in different windows of WinRAR. I just drag and drop. I also have compatibility issues when I extracted some rar files using 7-zip. Having WinRAR is so much greatful!

    Thanks for this Christmas contest!

    Twitter Share
    Google Plus Share
     
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    eufrasiox Member

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  10. jan13

    jan13 Initiat3

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    Toffin Initiat3

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  12. phobic

    phobic Initiat3

    Thank you for the detailed review and the giveaway! I am currently using 7-zip and although it is freeware it is really impressive and useful. Still I would like to switch to WinRAR since it is a powerful and lightweight archiver that offers important functionalities like repairing corrupt archives, solid archiving, multi-volume archives. There is also the new RAR5 format that has even better compression and stronger encryption.

    https://twitter.com/debugevent/status/942329290456223744
     
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  13. grr

    grr Board Enthusiast Silver Member Known Member

    Thanks Jason for the giveaway.

    "WHAT is your current compression tool/archiver and WHY do you want to switch to WinRAR 5.50"
    I'm currently using 7Zip and WinRAR version 4. I use WinRAR v4 for everything but the latest RAR5 format for which I'm forced to use 7Zip. Therefore, I want to win myself a license for WinRAR version 5, so that I can just use one program for all my compression needs.

    My share below
    https://twitter.com/GrrGrrr/status/942437889891123200

    Liked as well as following WinRAR's social networking sites
    https://twitter.com/GrrGrrr
    https://www.facebook.com/grrgrr.grr.7

    Thanks,
    Grr
     
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  14. nastavnikhe

    nastavnikhe Member

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  15. aviator365

    aviator365 Initiat3

    "WHAT is your current compression tool/archiver and WHY do you want to switch to WinRAR 5.50"
    A- I use 7zip. I would like to win the software for its brilliant compression, self extraction and speed of speed files.

    Thanks for the giveaway.


    Twitter: https://twitter.com/aviator365/status/943060101295849473?s=17
     
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  16. gopp

    gopp Initiat3

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  17. hakah

    hakah Junior Member

    Thanks for the Giveaway!
    "WHAT is your current compression tool/archiver and WHY do you want to switch to WinRAR 5.50?"
    I am now using 7-Zip as my compression tool. In view of no preview of image(s) in 7-z file and you cannot split an archive in volumes. Therefore I would like to make a change to WinRar 5.50.

    Facebook sharing link :
    https://www.facebook.com/kah.hak.3/posts/1650313171678751
    Like link on https://www.facebook.com/winrar/:
    https://www.facebook.com/winrar/pos...10159612917365316&comment_tracking={"tn":"R"}
    Like link on https://twitter.com/winrar_rarlab?lang=en :
    https://twitter.com/hakahw/status/944112942210936832
    https://www.facebook.com/winrar/ & https://twitter.com/winrar_rarlab?lang=en followed.
     
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  18. kubik67

    kubik67 Junior Member

    "WHAT is your current compression tool/archiver and WHY do you want to switch to WinRAR 5.50"

    My current compression tool / arhivirovanija is 7Zip and I want to switch to 5.50 WinRAR because WinRAR is today one of the most famous powerful and convenient archivers, easy to use. The program works with RAR, ZIP, CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE 2.0, BZIP, JAR, UUE, GZIP, BZIP2 and 7-Zip.

    Facebook Share
    Twitter Share
    Google Plus Share
     
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  19. Prime

    Prime Member

    I am currently using the old version WinRar 5.00 which was released over 4 years ago.
    I would like to change to a newer one because the newer has numerous improvements and bug fixes.
    This is the best program of this type for me and the most convenient to use.

    Twitter Share

    Thanks for the giveaway.
     
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  20. antinkuntin

    antinkuntin Member

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  21. Vikas

    Vikas Member

    "WHAT is your current compression tool/archiver and WHY do you want to switch to WinRAR 5.50"

    I'm currently using WinRAR version 4 .2. So would like to have latest full version.

    I would like to use the latest version 5.5 which have new features and technologies like if a wrong password is entered when unpacking an encrypted file in RAR5 archive, WinRAR proposes to enter a valid password for same file again instead of aborting extraction, etc.
    Thus I need the latest WinRAR 5.50 version.

    The latest WinRAR 5.50 version is powerful compression & archive manager, Create and decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from the internet.

    Thanks for the WinRAR Christmas 2017 Giveaway!

    https://twitter.com/digitaldrive7/status/946941981451677696


    Followed WinRAR on Twitter social networking sites

    Thanks
     
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  23. dinosaur07

    dinosaur07 Senior Member

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    WHAT is your current compression tool/archiver and WHY do you want to switch to WinRAR 5.50"
    My current archiver is ZipMagic and i want to have also WinRar which is more popular and light on my system

    Below my share:

    https://twitter.com/dinosaur071/status/947509074106765313

    Liked and followed them on fb & twitter.
    Best regards,
     
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  24. wwd

    wwd Illustrator Silver Member

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    Toligo Member

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  26. Danyboy Hidalgo

    Danyboy Hidalgo Malware Hunter Silver Member

    "WHAT is your current compression tool/archiver and WHY do you want to switch to WinRAR 5.50"
    I currently use 7zip, but I would like to have winrar since it uses other more effective compression formats that would help me to send files via email or through the cloud, besides that the new option of the master password would be very useful, in my opinion for more solid encryption

    https://twitter.com/Danielhgo32/status/948289365406560256
     
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