How to Change ZIP Files into Other Archive Formats


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ZIP is the format that Windows uses by default to store archives. So, many people use ZIP files to compress files. Still, there are many more folder types, like 7z, RAR, TAR, CAB, ARJ, and more. The compression ratios of formats like 7z (7-ZIP) and RAR are better than those of ZIP files.

Windows 11 has no built-in tool for making files in forms other than ZIP. But you can set up ZIP files on Windows and then use a third-party transfer tool to change them to other file types. Here are three ways to change ZIP files into other archive files in Windows 11.

How to Convert ZIP Files with ArcConvert

ArcConvert is a portable tool used on any Windows device to convert archives. It lets you change ZIP files into 21 other folder types. With ArcConvert, you can change ZIP files into other folders like this:

Go to the Softpedia page for ArcConvert and then download the file.

With the right mouse button, click and choose "Extract All".

To have the program's folder open automatically after extraction, check the box next to Show extracted files when done.

Click on Extract to see the uncompressed folder for ArcConvert.

Click twice on the file called arc_convert.exe.

In ArcConvert's window, click the Open Archive button.

Choose the ZIP file you want to change.

Click the drop-down box next to Convert to choose a file. You can change ZIP files to formats like 7-ZIP, CAB, TAR GZ, and ARJ.

Press the button labeled Convert.

Then you'll get a message asking you to delete the original. If you do not need to keep the original copy, click Yes.

After the change, the window for ArcConvert shows the original and new sizes of the folder. The new package will likely be smaller if you change the file from ZIP to CAB or 7-ZIP. One of the best ways to shrink file sizes is with the 7-ZIP (7z) format. Your new copy will be in the same place as the ZIP it came from. Open the folder where the ZIP file is saved in File Explorer. Then you can find the record that has been changed there.

How to Convert ZIP Files with PeaZip

PeaZip is freeware software that lets you remove files from archives and change their formats. It has worked on Windows systems from 2000 onward. It has more features than ArcConvert because it can make, retrieve, and convert folders. PeaZip also lets you choose to turn a group of folders at once. With PeaZip, you can change ZIP files to forms like 7z, TAR, Gzip, UPX, and ARC, among others:

Open the software's website and go to the Windows PeaZip download page.

When you double-click the PeaZip-8.9.0.WIN64.exe file, the startup box for PeaZip will appear.

To agree to PeaZip's license agreement, click the "I accept" button.

Keep clicking Next to install the software using the settings that came with it.

When you get to that choice, choose "Install".

Click the "Finish" button in the setup window.

Double-click the link to PeaZip on your desktop.

It's time to start using PeaZip:

Use the folder explorer in PeaZip to choose a ZIP file.

Click Convert on the menu of PeaZip.

Use the Type drop-down box to choose a storage file.

Select New Archive from the Function drop-down box if it isn't already chosen.

Click Single setting in the drop-down list next to Split.

Press the Output bar's overflow button to choose where the changed archive will be saved.

If you don't want to keep the original ZIP file, delete the files after saving. After the translation, a dialogue box will appear where you can click Yes to delete the source files.

Click OK to change the folder style to the one you want.

You can find the archive you converted in the export folder you chose.

The Split feature in PeaZip's conversion tool can be useful for bigger files. You must connect an archive to a Gmail message bigger than the 25 MB (megabyte) limit. Even if you convert a ZIP file to a package with a better compression ratio, it may not lower the attachment size enough.

In this case, a choice could be to split the collection into two smaller ones. You can split up bigger files by choosing different choices from the drop-down menu next to Split. You can split 25-MB and 10-MB file folders from that drop-down choice. Or, you can choose "Custom size" to set a number that will be used to split the folder.

The Advanced tab allows you to set up how the folder exchange works. You can choose different ways to shrink the archive before converting it there. Relate the drop-down menu next to Method to select one of 15 compression techniques, such as PPMD, LZMA, Brotli, Bzip 2, etc.

The translation tool in PeaZip also lets you set a password. You can use this choice to add a password to a copy that has been transformed. On the Convert tab, click Set password, type in a password for the copy, and click OK.

How to Convert ZIP Files with Cloudconvert

Many web apps can change folders to forms used in computer software. With Cloudconvert, you can convert ZIP files to RAR, TAR, and 7Z forms. Note that if you don't sign up for an account on this web app's site, you can only use it for 10 minutes daily. With the Cloudconvert online app, here's how to change a ZIP file:

Open the page for the Cloudconvert online tool.

Press the button that says Select File.

Choose the choice that says "From my computer".

Click the Open button and choose a ZIP file to convert.

Click the drop-down box next to Convert to choose one of five folder types.

Choose the choice to convert.

Then click the green button that says "Download". The new archive will be in the place where your browser saves the files that it gets.

Cloudconvert also lets you protect a file on Windows with a password. In the conversion tool, click on the wrench button.