Self Extracting Zip Files
Here are the primary features of self extracting zip files:
- These files "zip" a large number of other files, like many
Excel spreadsheets, text files, executable programs, or graphics files
into a single zip file.
- This zip file can be easily downloaded from a web site to the desktop
or a folder of your computer.
- The file can then be unzipped, releasing all of the content files,
simply by clicking on or running the downloaded zip file.
- Self extracting means that you do not have to have any
software on your computer to unzip the file .. it unzips itself.
- The zip file is actually a little computer program, so the filename
of the zip file will have an exe extension.
- The zip file will only work in Windows 3.1 or Windows95 (but
it will work in either of these).
- All zipped files offered by Prof. Evans have first been scanned for
viruses using an updated version of Semantec's virus checker. Nonetheless,
when downloaded executable files or Excel spreadsheets from the internet
you should always scan for viruses during the download or immediately
Here are the simple instructions for downloading a self extracting zip
- Click on the link that refers to the zip file.
- If the browser asks you what you want to do with the file (the Netscape
browser usually will), select Save File.
- Specify your Desktop or a designated folder (directory) as the destination.
- After the download, find the zip file on the Desktop or designated
- Click on the file to run it (to make it unzip itself).
- The default destination directory for the content files is probably
set to C:\windows\desktop (the desktop in Windows95). Accept that or change
it to the desired destination folder.
- The content files should be found on the Desktop or in the folder,
ready to use.
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