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Files come in different sizes. Bandwidth determines how long it takes to download a file. The smaller the file - the faster the download.

Many files can be made smaller (compressed) before transferring and decompressed after the transfer. If you download a file that has been compressed using pkzip (it will have an extension of .zip), you will need to run a program called pkunzip to decompress it.

If you would like to try a shareware version of pkunzip, all you need do is:

  1. if you haven't all ready done so, create a directory called utility

  2. click here to start downloading pkunzip.exe WARNING! Most browsers try to download .exe files like an .html page... and it will show up as gob-a-lee-goop on your screen, therefore; click on the link with your right mouse button. Then, you can choose "Save Link As".

  3. select your utility directory as the download destination (If you don't all ready have a directory called "utility", now might be a good time to create one.)

    To run pkunzip you can either:

    1. Run From a DOS prompt
      1. copy pkunzip.exe to the same directory as the .zip file
      2. from a DOS prompt type: pkunzip (where filename is the name of the file to be unzipped.)
      3. you will see files fly by as they are decompressed)

    2. Associate With .zip Files
      1. in Windows, open "File Manager" or "Winfile"
      2. choose "file"
      3. choose "associate"
      4. type zip in the little pop-up box
      5. choose the "browse" button
      6. highlight pkunzip.exe in the utility directory
      7. choose "ok"
      8. double click on any .zip file to unzip it (you will see files fly by as they are decompressed)
      9. back in File Manager, choose "window" from the menu bar
      10. choose "refresh"
      11. the decompressed files should appear
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