|My Concern here is to enable you to open a
compression file that you've received either by attachment to email, downloaded from the
web or from another source. If it is self extracting, all you have to do is
open and it will inflate or expand with it's own little program.
If you have WinZip installed on your cpu Click Here if you need
instructions. Pkunzip.exe is shareware and is used to inflate or
expand a zip compressed file only. If you need to
and/or make a zip file self extracting, there are two programs
available: WinZip at www.winzip.com
for $29 to register, that compresses and inflates zip files.
Making Self Extracting zip files is an additional $49.
PKWare, the originator of the zip program is $39 for a registered
application which includes making self extracting files as I read
it. www.pkware.com is their
domain and downloading site. Both are quite versatile and
unzip as well.
files are presented to you to download in two forms:
".zip" and ".exe". It can be any
kind of a file like a text file, database file,
pictures, fonts etc. 1. ".zip" means
you have to have some way to unzip if you are to
use. 2. ".exe" is normally a
compressed file that is self extracting. All you have
|| to do is
open and it will automatically inflate.
Note: exe stands for executable
and could be a program and not a compressed file self
extracting. Read what you are downloading to know.
Old fashion DOS Way
Download a zip file from the web.
1. First, Let's create a folder for all the files we are
going to use in the process in one folder to make it easy.
Call the folder: "Zip" and make it a sub folder of
2. This happens to be a font file named "ArgSilvr.zip".
It means I need a program to unzip or inflate and make it a
workable file. Knowing it was a font file and the name
extension was ".exe", I would know it was self
extracting and I could put it in any folder and open it. Now
let's save this file to disk at C:\Zip
Next download Unzip.exe to C:\Zip Click
Here Choose: "Run this program from it's
current location". Download destination: C:\Zip.
Don't have, it will create with "OK". Size
63 Kb. It should be a quick download, small
file. Download Problems: Click
Here for Options.
4. Open Windows Explorer and open C:\Zip folder. It
should be exactly like the picture below with the zip
file you downloaded and in this case for me it was
"dings9.zip" instead of "ArgSilvr.zip"
Next click "Start" button, Select
"Run" and type in "Command" and
press "Enter" key. This opens the MS DOS
prompt to the same directory as your Windows Explorer.
On the black screen of the Prompt should be a blinking
white line next to C:\Zip> Type "Pkunzip
dings9.zip" then press "Enter" key.
Where C:\Zip> in the image above, you added the
command "Pkunzip dings9.zip" and executed
with the "Enter" key. The program inflated
the compressed files of "Sam's Dingbats
No1.ttf" and an associated file "Font.txt"
in the Windows Explorer. The
".ttf" file happens to be a font file.
To use, all you have to do is cut or copy and paste in
"C:\Windows\Fonts" folder. All text
programs will be able to select "Sam's Dingbats
No1.ttf" as a font. If other type, cut or copy
and paste in a folder of choice. It's inflated and ready to use.
If you do not open the Windows Explorer to the Zip
folder first, then the DOS Prompt directory will be
wrong and have to be changed to the directory
It's important to be able
to inflate zip files if you want to use them.
Options: Netscape "Smart Download" gave me problems. Internet
Explorer no problem.
1. Disengage Smart Download. If Smart Download is not
working for you, click "Advance" on Smart
Download, next form has two check marks on bottom,
uncheck second line from bottom, exit Smart Download,
Exit Netscape Navigator, Restart Netscape Navigator and
new setting will apply and let you download normally
through Windows download program.
2. Open Internet Explorer that is included with Windows
95 & 98 and use that browser to download from this
page. Or Get someone with I-Explorer to download to a
floppy that you can copy and install to C:\Zip
3. Go to www.pkware.com
and download their shareware unzip file to C:\Zip
4. It too confusing email us and we will email
the unzip executable file for a $2 service charge or
snail mail a floppy with the unzip executable file for
$3 shipping and handling. The more you use the
computer, the more necessary it is to be able to inflate
files that you receive that are compressed, especially
in the common ".zip" format.
5. Specify your problem, we will include in our
frequently asked questions section, so others may
practice: Download a font
file from the web. Save in "C:\Zip" folder and go
through the steps as outlined. It's rather easy. If you have
WinZip on your computer, you might want to see WinZip
Here for instructions.