RAR and 7 Zip support is now available for all Windows
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RAR and 7-Zip support is now available for all Windows 11 users

Microsoft has started rolling out the Moment 4 update (KB5031455) for Windows 11, a package that adds numerous new features to the operating system, including the built-in Copilot AI assistant. But perhaps the most welcome addition is support for a large number of archive formats, including RAR.

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Image source: Windows/unsplash.com

It took Microsoft a very long time to achieve this – native support for ZIP files appeared in Windows ME, released in the fall of 2000. Now Windows 11 users don’t need to install third-party programs like WinRAR or 7-Zip to open files in .rar, .7z, .tar, .tar.gz, .tar.bz2, .tar.zst, .tar. xz, .tgz, .tbz2, .tzst and .txz. However, support for password-protected archives is not yet implemented.

Update KB5031455 can now be downloaded from the dedicated section of Windows 11. However, for now, to download it, you need to select the “Get the latest updates as soon as they are available” option. Moment 4 will be available to all Windows 11 users starting November 14th.

In addition to support for new archive formats, the update includes the Copilot AI assistant, a redesigned Start menu and volume mixer, passkey support for passwordless logins, native support for RGB lighting on peripherals, and more.

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