Windows 11’s Built-in RAR and 7z Archive Extractor Slower than WinRAR
Microsoft’s addition of native support for archive formats like RAR, 7z, and GZ in a Windows 11 preview build has drawn attention to the performance of the built-in extraction technology. A recent test conducted by Neowin, an industry publication, indicates that Windows 11’s native archive extractor significantly lags behind WinRAR in terms of extraction speed.
In the test, the native archive extractor proved to be notably slower when compared to WinRAR. Extracting a 24 GB RAR file took three times longer with the built-in Windows 11 technology than with WinRAR. The situation worsened when dealing with 7z format archives, as unpacking such a file took nearly nine minutes using the native extractor, whereas WinRAR and the utility NanaZIP accomplished the task in approximately one minute.
Interestingly, the native extractor demonstrated relatively competitive performance when working with TAR archives, showing similar efficiency to WinRAR and NanaZIP.
The test was conducted on two system configurations: a laptop featuring an Intel Core i3-1125G4 processor, 16 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, and a 500 GB NVMe SSD, and a desktop powered by a Ryzen 5 2600 processor, 32 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, and a 500 GB Samsung 980 SSD.
It’s possible that improvements will be made to the RAR and 7z extraction performance in the final release version of Windows 11, scheduled for September. As Microsoft continues to fine-tune its operating system, users can anticipate enhanced compatibility and performance for handling various archive formats.
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