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Explanation of Unzip automatically and the /auto command line switch

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Last updated: 18 May, 2012
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WinZip Self-Extractor has the ability to create self-extracting Zip files that automatically extract files to a specified folder. This option has the same effect as clicking the Unzip button when the main dialog box is displayed, and, if the unzip operation is successful, clicking the Close button.

The latest version of WinZip Self-Extractor can be downloaded from the WinZip web site.

To use this option, check the Unzip automatically box in the Options section of the WinZip Self-Extractor Wizard.

Both the Unzip automatically and Default to overwrite files without prompting options can be used together.

Note: If you wish to run a self-extracting Zip file that was not created with the
Unzip automatically feature from another program, you can pass the /auto parameter to unzip the files without user interaction and specify a destination folder for the unzipped files. For example, if modem.exe is a self-extracting file, the command

modem.exe /auto c:\modem

will automatically extract files into the c:\modem folder.

If you have any questions about this information please email Technical Support.

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