It’s already Day 27 of TechPP Mega Christmas Giveaway. With just a few days to go for Christmas, things are getting exciting here as well. Today, we present to you, one of the best and most popular compression software – WinRAR from RarLabs. Over the last decade, we have seen so many free and premium archiving solutions, but not many have managed to stay afloat on top for a long time. And without an iota of doubt, WinRAR is one amongst the few which has evolved over the time to be amongst the best currently.

WinRAR is a powerful archiver and archive manager that cannot only open all popular compression formats but also features it’s own. RAR files can usually compress content 8 to 15 percent more than ZIP or ARJ files. WinRAR’s main features are – strong general and multimedia compression, processing of non-RAR archives (ZIP,ARJ,CAB,TAR etc.), scanning archives for viruses, long filename support, programmable self-extracting archives (SFX), damaged archive repair, NTFS and Unicode support, authenticity verification, embedded file comments, and encryption.

Personally, I have always preferred WinRAR over other similar software like WinZIP, WinArj, 7zip etc. WinRAR is able to browse and unpack contents of ISO files. It also offers an option to integrate tightly into the Windows operating system during installation.This includes a very handy Windows Explorer entry which can be used to unpack or pack files directly in Windows Explorer.

Even the user interface is uncluttered and easy to use. If you don’t like the default looks, you have an option to easily change the theme by choosing your favorite from the available list of themes.


The header contains the menu bar which has the icons for all the important functions you would need. On the left, the sidebar contains the file browser similar to Windows explorer. A right-click on any file in the file browser opens a context menu with several options ranging from viewing, renaming or deleting files to repairing archives or setting passwords.

Someone new to WinRAR will find the Wizard feature (available in the header menu bar) very useful. It helps the users in packing, unpacking, viewing, rearranging, repairing and setting the passwords for the archives.


Users will also be able to test the archive or a specific file inside an archive by clicking on the Test icon. WinRAR tries to discover installed virus scanners automatically which can then be selected from a pulldown menu. It is even possible to add comments to archives and make them self extracting if you desire. Making an archive self extracting is very useful on systems without a compression software installed.

You can even convert the archives from one format to another, like ZIP to RAR or vice versa.


Advanced users would love the options provided during creation of an archive. There are almost 6 tabs providing various functionalities which at times make you feel overwhelming. User can simply click on OK without worrying about all those options as the default options are enough to compress the files added. But for those interested, they will be able to change the compression level, split the files into multiple archives, password protect the archive and many more.


WinRAR Features

  • Lets user compress files by making smaller archives, saving disk space and transmission costs
  • Supports many files most of popular formats like: RAR, ZIP, CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, 7Z, Z archives.
  • Comes with a graphic interactive interface utilizing mouse and menus as well as the command line interface.
  • The “Wizard” mode feature allows instant access to the basic archiving functions. This avoids confusion in the early stages of use.
  • Offers the industry strength archive encryption using AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) with a key of 128 bits.
  • Can support files and archive up to 8,589 billion gigabytes in size.
  • The number of archived files is, for all practical purposes, unlimited.
  • User can create self-extracting and multivolume archives.
  • The recovery record and recovery volume feature allows user to reconstruct even physically damaged archives.

Supported File Formats:

RAR, ZIP, CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ and TAR.GZ, BZ2 and TAR.BZ2, ACE, UUE, JAR (Java Archive), ISO (ISO9660 – CD image), 7Z, Z (Unix compress)


Overall, WINRAR provides a straightforward interface that is easy to use even for novice users, yet powerful enough to accommodate advanced users as well. This powerful archiver and archive manager is an ideal solution for creating compressed archives. Interested users can download a trial version at the WinRAR download page.

WinRAR – Free licenses Giveaway

We have ten free licenses of WinRAR 3.90 to be given away today. Please follow the below rules carefully to be eligible for a free license.
Please let us know why you use WinRAR (if you use it) or why you don’t use WinRAR (if you don’t use it). We will select the 10 best and most insightful comments irrespective of whether you use WinRAR or not.

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Update: This giveaway is now closed. Winners will be chosen in a day or 2.

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