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How do I install WinZip multi-user licenses in a networked environment?

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Network install instructions for WinZip 11.2 to 17.5 are also available.



The WinZip MSI file

MSI files for the current version of WinZip can be downloaded from the Alternative Download Links page. Separate download links for the 64-bit version and the 32-bit version are available. An EXE file download containing both MSI files is also available. To unzip the EXE file a version of WinZip would need to already be present, as the default action is to install WinZip.

Prior to installing, the How to customize a WinZip MSI install article should be viewed for planning the configuration that will be made available. One customization included in this article regards the USER_WZMUL_LOCATION property that can be created and configured. Once created and configured, this property will cause the registration file to be automatically copied from a shared location to each user's computer.

The WinZip Multi-User Registration File: WinZip.wzmul

Customers who purchase a multi-user license will receive a unique WinZip.wzmul registration file which must be copied to a WinZip subfolder in the Windows Common AppData folder. This folder contains application data for all users. The typical path for the WinZip.wzmul file is C:\ProgramData\WinZip. If the correct WinZip.wzmul is present in this folder and if the proper version of WinZip is installed, WinZip will open as a licensed, registered version.

The WinZip.wzmul registration file must be downloaded separately from the WinZip installation file(s) and it will need to be copied to the WinZip folder described above. The file can be copied manually to the target folder, users can double click on the WinZip.wzmul file to register, or a USER_WZMUL_LOCATION property can be created and configured before installing.

Requirements to install WinZip

The initial WinZip installation must be done from an account with Administrator or Power User privileges. These privilege levels are required to register WinZip shell extensions and to set file associations. The initial installation configures WinZip both at the machine level (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Nico Mak Computing\WinZip) and, for the installing user only, at the user level (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Nico Mak Computing\WinZip). No special privileges are needed for users, as the machine level registry entries will be silently propagated to their user hive (both for administrators and/or limited users) who run WinZip for the first time.

The default installation settings include the creation of WinZip shortcuts and a program group in the All Users folder so that the icons appear on the Desktop and in the Start menu for each logged in user of the machine. The Common Desktop folder is typically C:\Users\Public\Desktop, and the Common Start Menu folder (which contains the Common Programs folder) is typically C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu.

By default, for Vista users only, a shortcut to the WinZip Quick Pick tray icon is added to the Startup folder for all users. For Windows 7 or later, Jump Lists can be used instead (Quick Pick can be made available if desired). A typical path for the WinZip Quick Pick shortcut on Windows Vista is:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Planning and customizing the WinZip Installation

Before installing, it is important to become familiar with the available options, as features can be configured or disabled as desired. WinZip Express Add-ons should also be considered. WinZip Express is a powerful context menu option for zipping files to either save or share.

For customizing, an MSI file editor such as Microsoft Orca can be used to either edit the MSI file Property table directly or to create one or more transform files (.mst). For example, you could disable the "Tip of the Day" and prevent the WinZip Desktop shortcut by changing the value of the INSTALLCMD property from "/autoinstall" to "/notip /autoinstall" and by changing the value of the ADDDESKTOPICON property to "0".

Another option for customizing MSI file Properties would be to add them to a Windows Installer command line as install options. For information concerning proper command line syntax for the WinZip MSI file see Command line installing with the WinZip MSI file.

Methods that can be used to install WinZip

Note: Please refer to the user requirements section above.

WinZip can be installed by a number of methods. Here are some examples:

  • Grant access to MSI files and license files for each user to manually install
  • Create a Software Installation Group Policy
  • Distribute WinZip via SCCM
  • Install from a command line using common msiexec.exe switches
    (e.g., msiexec /i winzipxxx-xx.msi /qn)

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

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