Windows 11 will unpack RAR/7z files staring this Fall, will create such archives in 2024

Microsoft has shed some light on the upcoming advanced archive format support in Windows 11. At Build 2023, the company announced native support for several popular compressed file formats, including RAR, 7zip, and TAR. Although the company has now specified the time of the feature's release to users.

Microsoft sets September 2023 as the time when the extra archive support will become available to wide audience. But Insiders will have a chance to give it a try already in an upcoming build.

The initial support will be limited to archive reading and file extracting. However, in 2024 Microsoft plans to roll out the full-pledged archive processing. So Windows 11 will be able to create RAR and 7z archives in 2024 without you having to install the appropriate apps, e.g. WinRAR and 7-zip.

Windows 11 Rar 7z Support

As the original announcement states, the support for extra archives will be with help of the libarchive open source library that Microsoft will use in Windows 11. You will find some extra details here: Native RAR support and taskbar button labels are officially coming to Windows 11

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Via TheVerge

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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