As I have worked on many people’s computers, I have noticed that the majority of people who deal with archived files don’t have any need to archive things, as they download items, unarchive them, and then store the archive, for possible later usage. Seldom is any need to start with standard files and then make archives, for most people simply don’t send files to others, other than e-mail.

If this is not you, then you may wish to stop here.

For those who fall into the category I describe, the ability of Windows to work with some Zip files is nice, but other Zip types are not correctly handled, and more importantly, files in other formats are useless to you, unless you have another program.

There are other free programs, such as 7Zip, PeaZip, and a couple of others. However, if you are looking for the easiest, simplest way to handle these things, with no reading of any manual necessary, Extract Now is a spectacular way to go.

The author has just released version 4.42, after a long time of beta, following a period where it looked as though no further work would happen. However, had that occurred, there was not much problem, as this author makes sure errors are handled, and so long periods of inactivity are reasonable.

If you want to give it a try, the program can be downloaded from the author’s site here.

(One other thing, and to the author’s credit…if you are running 64bit Windows, any version, many 32bit archive programs will not insert the proper shortcuts into your right click menus. This one does it right, so that its use is simple and correct.)

What’s New
Latest Version 4.42 / May 11th, 2010
Fixed crash bug in context menu extension
Fixed split extraction
View the entire version history

Features
Supports most major archive formats
Drag and drop files or folders from Windows Explorer to extract them
Simple user interface and sleek design in a small package
Recursively search through folders for archives (Just drag and drop them)
Delete files or close program after extraction options
Windows explorer file associations for all supported archive types
Extract files into current directory, named folder, or favorite folder of choice
System tray icon on Minimize and Always on top features
Integrates with Windows Explorer via special context menu items

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