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brillbillbo
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Is it possible to make a portable zip utility?

Is it possible to make a portable Zip utility such as “Portable 7-Zip”? I know that Windows XP can now open Zips, but what if you have a Rar, or some other file that Windows can’t open. What do you do then? Or how many of you have been working on someone else’s pc, that doesn’t have XP on it and needed to open a file only to fined they haven’t got WinZip either. I know I have. In those situations when you haven’t got the internet at your disposal to download WinZip, a program like that would be invaluable. Can anyone out there make one...?

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Test release tomorrow

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WinImp is portable

WinImp is portable

brillbillbo
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WinImp IS portable.

WinImp IS portable. thanks.

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FilZip

I'm a fan of FilZip.

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FilZip

Requires Administrative Rights to install.

Not Portable.

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benhi
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7-Zip is already portable

I just installed 7-Zip on a Windows XP computer without Local Admin rights, so I guess that makes it portable.

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Incorrect

7-Zip writes some settings to the registry.

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7-Zip my choice

7-zip runs off thumbdrive but leaves traces...would prefer a completely portable version, which I think John H. said is on his list.

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Read this.

https://portableapps.com/node/1953

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Possible solution

What I can recommend is this it's not completely portable but it's as close as I can get you need the following:
*7-zip installer (http://7-zip.org/download.html)
*UPX compressor (http://upx.sourceforge.net/download/upx201w.zip)

First install 7-zip to a folder on a desktop with admin privileges; copy the whole folder where it was installed into the portable drive. Delete everything in except:

>7zFM.exe, 7zG.exe, 7-zip.dll,
>Codecs folder
>Formats folder
>Lang Folder

After doing this use UPX to compress alls the files copied using the following settings:
"--best --compress-icons=0 --nrv2d --crp-ms=999999 -k"
For a smaller install you can delete unnecessary language file in the Lang folder and leave just "en.ttt"

This still leaves registry settings but it's as close as I can get to portable without writing a launcher hope this helps (Hope this gives John some ideas on a how to make portable 7-Zip for the future)

BTW don't forget to uninstall 7-Zip on the desktop

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WinRAR

I mostly use winrar. I since made a stand alone copy that works great. Well to be complety honest it was a U3 app that I tore apart.

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