7-Zip 21.07 Final released with VHDX disk image extracting support

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 28, 2021
Updated • Dec 28, 2021
Windows software

Just a month after 7-Zip 21.05 Final comes a new version of the open source archiver for Microsoft's Windows operating system.

7-zip 21.07

7-Zip 21.07

The new version of 7-Zip is already available. Users can download it from the project's website for all supported operating systems (Windows 32-bit and 64-bit, Windows 64-bit ARM) to install it or upgrade existing versions of the archiver on a system.

7-Zip 21.07 introduces support for VHDX disk images that it can now extract. These are Microsoft Hyper-V Virtual Hard Disk v2 format files, and files with the VHDX extension may be extracted just like any other archive using the archiver. Just right-click on a VHDX file in Explorer or another file manager and select the extract option of 7-Zip to extract the contents of the disk image to the system. The file type can also be opened in 7-Zip to browse the contents without extraction.

Virtual hard disk files may be created for virtual environments, and it may sometimes be useful to access files that they contain directly. 7-Zip supports the extraction of several virtual disk image formats, including VHD, VDI and VMDK.

The update introduces the following additional changes to the archiver:

  • New switches: -spm and -im!{file_path} to exclude directories from processing for specified paths that don't contain path separator character at the end of path.
  • In the "Add to Archive" window, now it is allowed to use -m prefix for "Parameters" field as in command line: -mparam.
  • The sorting order of files in archives was slightly changed to be more consistent for cases where the name of some directory is the same as the prefix part of the name of another directory or file.
  • TAR archives created by 7-Zip now are more consistent with archives created by GNU TAR program.

7-Zip does not support the new right-click menu of Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system yet, but the developer of the program, Igor Pavlov, is working on adding support in a later version.

Now You: which file archiver do you use?

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  1. ULBoom said on December 29, 2021 at 3:12 am


    Ilove the interface!

    Who cares, 7-Zip’s fast and I mostly just do a right click to extract. If I need to archive something, the GUI is completely understandable, no fuzzy bunnies or dancing turtles, though.

  2. Wiphala said on December 29, 2021 at 12:42 am

    Why 7zip version 21.05, 21.07 and now 21.07 in only two months?

  3. Javi Morris said on December 28, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    Contains adware detected in total virus

  4. dmacleo said on December 28, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    rt click still brings up same menu for me on win 11. odd I guess, don’t care. 7zip always worked well enough for me.

  5. Pierre said on December 28, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    Thanks ! Update done. I had a rather old version (19). I use it for basic feature : zip-unzip (archive) in zip format

    1. Anonymous said on December 29, 2021 at 1:08 am

      If you just use 7zip for that, Windows already supported that since long time ago.

      1. Alfred said on December 29, 2021 at 11:40 am

        Windows treats archives as folders, when you click on a zip with windows explorer it opens the zip file to a new folder, many people don’t like that including myself.
        And the most important, many people don’t even want to use windows explorer (this is where windows zip functionality is).
        I personally can’t use windows explorer because it has no tabs and I always get a headache when I try to use it.
        Like almost everything, many people don’t want to use windows programs and tools like windows explorer and like windows zip functionality because there are way better for them 3rd party goodies:)

      2. Anonymous said on December 30, 2021 at 1:47 am

        >Many people
        Any source for that?

  6. Martin P. said on December 28, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Yep. I second your comment.

  7. Leak said on December 28, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Errr… where did the “encryption support” in “VHDX disk image encryption support” come from?

    What has been added was support for extracting VHDX disk images, not encrypting(?!) them.

  8. Benjamin said on December 28, 2021 at 10:17 am

    Eliminating the right click menu is like taking the steering wheel off a car and expecting that ii is still usable… it probably is for all those living a live behind computer screens, computer added design concepts and virtual reality…

    1. Anonymous said on December 29, 2021 at 10:15 pm

      Microsoft ruined the right click menu in Windows 11. Now its slow, bloated and ugly. No third-party developer should bow down to Microsoft’s nonsense. The rightful right click menu is the good old one, which still can be enabled.

    2. Dumbledalf said on December 29, 2021 at 8:59 pm

      I’s Microsoft’s fault for developing a dysfunctional BS new context menu. You can’t expect every 3rd party program developer to jump on the bandwagon on yet another of Stupid Microsoft’s Stupid Closed Alpha Whims ©®™.

      Next thing you know, Stupid Microsoft decides to abandon their stupid whim and go back to the old stuff. Mind you, Windows 10 has existed for 6 years and those stupid idiots as Microsoft still haven’t managed to translate the UI to switch to the Dark Theme. It’s translated at no more than 25% and that’s being generous.

    3. John G. said on December 28, 2021 at 1:25 pm

      The new right click menu issue in W11 can be reverted easily :]
      Just create a .reg file with this inside:
      Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

      1. Peterc said on December 29, 2021 at 5:36 pm

        @John G.: Yes. It’s so self-evident that it’s almost *too* easy. ;-)

    4. ANJ said on December 28, 2021 at 12:32 pm

      windows 11 is a buggy alpha mess. There is no rush to support it by any program because there is no reason for reasonable people to swtich to it. 7zip is a program for reasonable people, not for microsoft fanboys who switch to whatever microsoft tells them to use.

      1. Mav said on December 28, 2021 at 1:42 pm

        One of the most important posts. TYSM. I was not sure if it’s time to move to Windows 11.

    5. sss said on December 28, 2021 at 11:27 am

      Blame Micro$oft, they fuck everything stable.

    6. Tom Mc said on December 28, 2021 at 10:47 am

      @ Benjamin

      Stay on the previous version if you don’t like this one.
      IT IS FREE !
      If you think you can, write a better program.

      It really pees me off when someone like you belittles people like Igor Pavlov’s hard work !

      1. Mav said on December 28, 2021 at 1:39 pm

        Igor is one of the best selfless professionals in the software community. Can’t but praise him.for his help and contribution.

      2. ULBoom said on December 29, 2021 at 3:01 am

        Add Nir Sofer and Sergey Tkachenko; NirSoft and Winaerotweaker. Plenty more, two I thought of immediately.

      3. Paul(us) said on December 28, 2021 at 11:39 am

        Tom, try to understand that there is no higher praise than criticism.
        This says that your not a doctor who treats his patient with a soft hand and because of that the patient has to suffer more or maybe even died.

      4. sss said on December 28, 2021 at 12:20 pm

        We should both applaud Pavlov for his hard work & give him suggestion.

      5. Paul(us) said on December 28, 2021 at 2:47 pm

        Why has Pavlov has to been complimented for his hard work? Hard work seems not to be normal anymore. Appreciated yes! But applaud! Please are we a kid of 5 year old. You work hard and than you die!

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