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

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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