Gzip stands for GNU zip. The utility was writtel to be distributed freely with full source code by Jeal-loup Gailly and Mark Adler. Using gzip offers a high level of file compression and freedom from software patents and restrictions. Files created by gzip will have a ".gz" file extension and can be extracted on Windows using the command-line version of gzip created for Windows.
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Save the GZip file located in the Resources section below.
Open the downloaded zip file and extract it to "C:\Windows\System32." This step will ensure it is in your system's path.
Click "Start" and then type "CMD" in the Search bar. Windows 2003 and earlier users must click "Run" first.
Navigate to the directory containing your GZip file using the CD command. For example, if it is in "C:\Users\John\Files" you would type: cd C:\Users\John\Files.
Extract the file with the command "gzip -d <filename>." For example: gzip -d johnspictures.gz
Open your extracted files. They will be located in the same directory as the zipped file.
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