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Editors' Review

by   / May 02, 2014

WinZip Self-Extractor is a program that guides you through the process of creating both regular self-extracting Zip files and specialized ones for software distribution. With this program, you won't have to worry about the person you're sharing files with having the appropriate software to open them.


Clear walkthrough: This app makes it possible for even inexperienced users to complete what is a pretty complicated process by walking you through it step by step. Each screen contains clear instructions about what you need to do and why you're doing it, and tips help new users make the right choices as they move through the creation Wizard.

Customization options: If you do have some experience working with this type of program, you'll be glad to see all of the customization options available that let you control how your new file will behave. You can specify that it unzip to a specific folder, enter a command for the self-extracting file to execute once the unzip is complete, and use your own icon for the file, among many other things.


Trial limitations: The self-extracting files you create with the trial version of this app are not authorized for distribution. So you can really only use the program for free to get a feel for whether or not you want to purchase it. If you do decide to buy, a license costs $49.95.

Bottom Line

WinZip Self-Extractor is a great utility, if you often need to create self-extracting files, especially for software distribution. It makes the process accessible to users of all experience levels, but with the cost and features, it's really more advanced users who will probably get the most out of this app.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of WinZip Self-Extractor 4.0 build 8672.

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Full Specifications


Publisher WinZip Computing
Publisher web site
Release Date November 09, 2009
Date Added November 09, 2009
Version 4.0 build 8672


Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Compression

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 2.76MB
File Name wzipse40.exe


Total Downloads 4,077,133
Downloads Last Week 36


License Model Free to try
Limitations 45-day trial
Price $49.95
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