RARLAB, the developer of WinRAR, has released WinRAR 6.00 to the public. The new major version of the file archive software includes several usability improvements and bug fixes.
The new version of WinRAR is listed on the developer site as a 32-bit and 64-bit setup file. Existing installations of WinRAR are updated automatically when the installer is run and setup completes.
WinRAR users can select Help > About WinRAR to check the installed version prior to running the installer and afterwards to verify the version.
WinRAR 6.00 focuses on usability improvements and bug fixes. The new version does not introduce major new features or changes, unlike WinRAR 5.00 which introduced the RAR 5 archive format.
The new version introduces several improvements in the processing of archives. Users get new "ignore" and "ignore all" options when read errors are thrown. Ignore continues processing by ignoring the read error while ignore all does so automatically for future read errors as well. WinRAR's previous options to "retry" and "quit" are also still available.
Error code 12 is returned when running WinRAR in command line mode if read errors are detected during program operations; this is done to better distinguish read errors from the more general "fatal error code 2" that was used previously for read errors.
New options are provided if you select the "extract to" option in WinRAR when multiple archives are selected. A switch to "options" in the extraction path and options window displays the following four options:
The new options replace the "extract archives to subfolders" option of previous versions of WinRAR. The options page of the archiving and extraction dialogs include a new optional "additional switches" field to add command line switches, especially those not available in the graphical user interface.
WinRAR 6.00 includes several new command line switches:
WinRAR's handling of file changes has improved as well in this release. The file archiver displays a warning if the user closes WinRAR while one or multiple archived files have been modified using external apps but failed to save back to the archive because the file is still locked by an external app. Previous versions did include a warning when editing files but no such warning when closing WinRAR.
The second file handling change displays a new "Inaccessible" warning in the window title if a file was deleted or moved by another program while using WinRAR.
Other changes in WinRAR 6.00
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