Windows 11 update brings native support for RAR, 7-Zip, other file formats: Report

Microsoft Windows users are very well aware of RAR and 7-Zip formats that allow users to store files in a compressed state to reduce their size. All Windows users have a third-party tool like WinRar installed on their system to access RAR files. That will no longer be necessary. Earlier this year, Microsoft announced new features for Windows 11, including native RAR support. Now, the company is reportedly rolling out this feature as part of a Windows update.

Microsoft has released an optional KB5031455 preview cumulative update for Windows 11 version 22H2 for the month of October. according to a report From the beeping computer, the update adds support for 11 new file archive formats, namely .rar, .7z, .tar, .tar.gz, .tar.bz2, .tar.zst, .tar.xz, .tgz, . tbz2, .tzst, and .txz.

With native support for archive file formats like RAR and 7-Zip, Windows users will no longer need third-party apps like WinRAR to access compressed files. To install optional updates, users can go to Windows 11 Settings, and click the ‘Windows Update’ button on the Home or System menu. If your system has not received the update yet, you should get a message that reads: ‘The 2023-10 Cumulative Update Preview for Windows 11 version 22H2 for x64-based systems (KB5031455) is now available.’ Click Download and Install to get the update, which adds support for archive file formats including RAR. Once Windows is updated, users will be able to open, extract, and edit archive files without the need for any third-party tools.

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Optional Windows 11 updates can be checked in the Settings menu

In May, Microsoft first announced that Windows would be getting several new features as well as native RAR support. The company had said that Windows 11 will bring support for TAR (Tape Archive), 7-Zip, RAR (Roshal Archive), GZ (Gzip) and other archive formats.

Microsoft had also said that Windows 11 will get support for accessing app instances with a single click in the taskbar, hiding the date and time, and closing apps from the taskbar without Windows Task Manager.

In September, the company updated Windows to support its new AI-powered CoPilot assistant. Copilot adds a new Bing Chat to Windows 11, capable of summarizing web pages, toggling system controls, and providing text and image-based responses to your questions.

Last month, a transcript of a fireside chat at the Citi 2023 global technology conference revealed that Microsoft may be ready to release Windows 12 next year. “We actually think ’24 is going to be a pretty good year for the client, especially because of the Windows refresh,” Intel CFO David Zinsner said, pointing to a 2024 release for Windows 12.

Windows 11 was released in 2021 and is now running on over 400 million monthly active devices. The popular operating system is expected to reach 500 million active devices by 2024.

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