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Compatibilty of WinZip&PKZip

By Casemaker ·
Hi,
Are there any compatibilty issues if someone zipped a file with winzip and sent it to another person who has pkzip or vice versa and wants to unzip the file. Any suggestions or good resources would be appreciated. A client said her boss sent her or gave her a file and they have different zip programs and she can't open it. she said that there are instructions about going into dos and opening it there but she still has not been able to open it.
Have A Safe Day
Mark

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by Mogge In reply to Compatibilty of WinZip&PK ...

has the file .zip in the there should be no problem, but there is a program called pkunzip, she should use if Winzip not working, PkunZip uses Windows, so she don?t have to type alot of commands to unzip the file. Look for Pkunzip on the web. www.tucows.com is a good place too look.

Good luck.. :-)

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by Casemaker In reply to Compatibilty of WinZip&PK ...
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by techrepublic In reply to Compatibilty of WinZip&PK ...

It is possible the file was not the same type of zipped file. Typically the files in an archive are compressed and usually have file names ending with ZIP, LZH, ARJ, or ARC, depending on how they were created. Be sure the extension is the same. Zip files are the most common archive format but Z, GZ, TAZ, and TGZ files are also found on Unix-based systems. If the file was compressed using Winzip, there should be no problem opeing it with PKUNZIP. If the file "type" is not recognized as a valid zip file (such as ARJ) on her computer, she may need to install "ARJ" (shareware) as an optional external program required to work with ARJ files (for example). Unless the file extension was changed in error, files with a "ZIP" extension are generally uncompressed with little problems otherwise. I hope this helps!

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by Casemaker In reply to Compatibilty of WinZip&PK ...
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by jturner In reply to Compatibilty of WinZip&PK ...

It's my understanding that Winzip was written with the programming module created by the author of PKZip. I have never seen a ZIP file from Winzip that couldn't be opened with PKZip. If there is a password associated with the file, and it is not entered, it will seem like it is extracting but there is no result.

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by Casemaker In reply to Compatibilty of WinZip&PK ...
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by Brian Lusk In reply to Compatibilty of WinZip&PK ...

I have heard that the highest compression algorithms used in WinZip and some older versions of PKZip are not compatible. You may want to just ensure that normal compression is being used. But, I believe that is a one-way incompatibility, i.e. WinZip can read all the .ZIP files, whereas PKZip can only read some of the files (i.e. not the high-compression ones)

I believe the incompatibility was fixed in a newer release of PKZip.

try www.winzip.com
and www.pkware.com

for supporting documentation.

Good luck!
Brian Lusk
brianlusk@netzero.net

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by drew_lgca In reply to Compatibilty of WinZip&PK ...

The only thing I can think of is there is a version mismatch. What version of pkzip is being used ? I would think is would be on the pkzip side since winzip is a newer program. Download the newer version of pkzip or even better winzip. Both can be found on www.download.com

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