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How do I install software downloaded in a Zip file?

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Last updated: 03 Jun, 2014
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Unzip and Install

If the software you downloaded came in a Zip file (.zip or .zipx) and it includes a Setup program, one option you would have is to open the Zip file in the WinZip ribbon interface, click the Tools tab, and click the Unzip and Install button. If no recognizable install file is found in the Zip file, this button will be unavailable (grayed).

WinZip ribbon interface - Unzip and Install button is active

When using Legacy menus/toolbar you would click the Install button.

Legacy menus/toolbar with Install button

When the WinZip install feature is used it performs these functions:

  1. WinZip extracts all the files to a temporary folder
  2. The Setup program is run
  3. WinZip deletes the temporary folder and files

If the Setup program in your WinZip file is in a folder an error message will display indicating that you should use Unzip and Try instead.

Unzip and Try

When you open your Zip file, if the Unzip and Install button is grayed, but you recognize an installable file, you can either extract the contents of the Zip file and double click the installable file or you may want to use the Unzip and Try button (also on the Tools tab).

WinZip ribbon interface - the Unzip and Try button

You will also find an Unzip and Try button when using Legacy menus/toolbar.

Legacy menus/toolbar with Unzip and Try button

After clicking Unzip and Try and optionally making configuration changes in the Unzip and Try dialog, click OK. WinZip will perform the following actions:

  1. If the specified folder does not already exist, WinZip will create it. If it already exists and contains files, WinZip will delete the files (after asking your permission, of course). This ensures that the folder will contain only files from the current archive.
  2. WinZip extracts files in the current archive to the specified folder
  3. Optional configuration - WinZip creates a second folder, located in \Windows\Start Menu\Programs. If a folder with the specified name already exists, WinZip will delete it after getting your permission. This ensures that the folder will contain only icons for files in the current archive.
  4. Optional configuration - In the second folder, WinZip creates shortcuts to the extracted files.
  5. WinZip then opens a folder window which will either display the files that have been unzipped or shortcut icons for the extracted files if you configured this option. These items will also appear in the Programs menu, accessible from the Start button.

With this done, you can now double click your installable file (or the shortcut) to begin installing your software. Then, when you are done, close WinZip and you will have the option to delete the files, folders, and shortcuts that Unzip and Try created.

If you have difficulty installing the software you could look in the Zip file for a ReadMe file (readme.txt, readme.doc, etc) which may include instructions. Otherwise, questions concerning your downloaded software should be directed to the person or company from whom you received the software.

If you have any questions, please email Technical Support.

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