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Zip or 7Z ?

Sep 1, 2010 at 6:45 PM

So, it has been pointed out that I "Should" be using Zip to provide the installs...

- Well If I use Zip I get a compression side of (On max) 350K

- If I use 7Z on Ultra I get 227 K

- I shall have to see if the MSI compression in WiX 3.5 is better than 3.0 and then I will report back


So A Question, What Would you (The users) prefer ?

small / medium / larger (Won't be big as the MSI is failry good - just not small !)

Sep 4, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Well if you asked 10 years ago, it might matter.


Nowadays those numbers mean nothing.

It might make a difference if you were talking about compressing full disk images. :)

But now if something 300Kb vs 450Kb or even 10MB vs. 11MB is not any issue for anybody.

So choose what you work more comfortably with.

Sep 6, 2010 at 7:27 AM

I'd have to agree. Anything that is less than 20MB generally is fine for downloading. That aside, I suggest Zip just because there is native support on the operating systems to decompress (more of a standard).

Personally I don't mind 7z either as that is one of the first apps I install on any new OS installation. :)