How to Archive and Extract Files on Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP

Jan. 03, 2018 / Updated by Bessie Shaw to Tips
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Compressing files can be a great way to relieve low storage space problem, which spares you more space to use and you can carry more data on your hard drive. While the process to archive and extract files are not always so handy to everyone. To help you archive and extract files on Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP easily, here we introduce below useful solutions.

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Normally, there are two channels to archive and decompress files. Windows comes with built-in tool to do so. Or you could also proceed compression and extracting work with a third-party program.

Using Built-in Windows Utility to Archive and Extract Files on Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP

It is quite simple to use the built-In Windows utility to do compression and extracting file works, especially if you happen to need to send files via email. You can count on it and needn’t bother to download a third-party tool.

Compress Files

Please note that Windows built-in compress utility only suits for zip. format files, below is how.

1. Locate the files or folders which you would like to compress.

2. Click the file/folder, and hold Shift to select them consecutively.

3. Right click the selected items and then choose Send to -> Compressed (zipped) folder.

Windows will start to process file compression once you complete the above three steps and the new zipped folder will be created in the same location, containing all the files that you select to compress.

Extract Files

You could simply extract an individual file or subfolder by dragging it from the ZIP archive to a new folder. Or double click on the zip file and copy them out. Take the following two steps if you want to unzip it with Windows ME, the built-in Windows tool instead of installing any auxiliary software.

1. Locate the files or folders which you would like to extract.

2. Right-clicking the selected ZIP files and then chooses “Extract all”.

The default location of the unzipped file has the same name as the ZIP file, but without the .zip file extension.

Archive and Extract Files with OSToto Archiver on Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP

Windows built-in program lacks many different customization options when compared to a third-party tool, like OSToto Archiver, one of the most widely used utilities for archiving and extracting files, which can be customized according to your personal settings and archives’ format.

Click the button below to get OSToto Achiver instantly and archive the files or extract them with the guides below.

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Archive Files

You are able to archive and compress both files and folders in multiple archive formats. Take the following 3 easy steps:

Step 1. Launch OSToto Archiver and then select the files or folders you need to compress.


Step 2. Click "Add" and then click "Browse" to select the destination folder to create the compressed archive from the pop-up "Add archives" window.


Note: Three recommended compression types are listed for your choice: Fastest speed (.zip), Least size (7z) and SFX (.exe).

Step 3. Click "Start" and OSToto Archiver will perform files compression.


If you want to compress a complete folder, you can easily right-click on it and select "Add files to archive" to do so.


Extract Files

OSToto Archiver can instantly extract all archive file formats in a flash, such as ZIP files, RAR files, 7Z files, GZIP files, CAB files, TAR files, ISO files, etc.

Step 1. Select one or multiple archive files.

Step 2. Click "Extract to" and then choose "Browse" to select the destination folder to extract your files in the opening "Extract files" dialogue.


Step 3. Click "Start" and OSToto Archiver will start to extract files.

You may also extract your files by right clicking on the selected items and choose "Extract to specified folder".


You can pick out one method which fulfills your needs perfectly to archive and extract files on Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.

If there are any further questions about or you know a better way to compress and extract files, please let us know by leaving us comments below.


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