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What is a ZIP/RAR file and how do I open it?

Question What is a ZIP/RAR file and how do I open it?
Answer  Zip, Zipx, Rar, 7Zip files are single files, sometimes called "archives", that contain one or more compressed files. Zip files make it easy to keep related files together and make transporting, e-mailing, downloading and storing data and software faster and more efficient.

Modern operating systems usually have some sort of built-in ability to open a zip file so t
ry double clicking on your Hamfiles download to see what happens. If it has you can 'extract' the files to a folder of your choice and then run the installer from there. 

Tip

Please read all the instructions (if any) on the download page as some packages may not need to be installed but simply extracted.


If you don't have any form of unzipper (decompresser) on your computer try this link to download/install 7zip which will unpack most compressed formats and it's free :).

Nick
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