Universal Extractor 1.6.1
Strictly dedicated to extraction
There’s no other purpose to this program than extracting the contents of archives. As such, you cannot rely on it to create archives. Also, the number of files it can process simultaneously is restricted to one, so batch decompressing is not possible.
Integrates in the context menu
On the upside, it integrates itself into the Explorer’s context menu for easy and comfortable access. This feature is configurable during installation where, at one point, you can select the shortcuts to be bundled in the right-click menu: “Add UniExtract Files”, “Add UniExtract Here”, and “Add UniExtract to Subdir”.
Lightweight and easy to use
The application’s interface is incredibly simple with just two visible fields: one for the source file and one for the destination folder. The Preferences section allows you to set up the language of the application and the debug file directory. Plus, you can check options for enabling warnings before executing files, removing duplicate files, removing temporary files, or for appending missing file extensions.
Minds its own business
Universal Extractor doesn’t pass as a competitor for much evolved software such as WinZip, WinRar or 7-Zip, since it lacks archiving abilities. Please bear in mind that it’s only meant to be used as a decompression utility. There is also a portable edition available.
To end with
Although Universal Extractor's features don’t quite make the list, the purpose it was built for is carried out nicely with each task. It's ready for use from the moment it is deployed on your system, also integrating in the context menu for enhanced ease of access.
Reviewed by Elena Opris, last updated on July 31st, 2014
Also available: Portable Universal Extractor
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- Added support for environmental variables (eg., specify %temp% for debug dir)
- Added support for XZ compressed files and txz/tlz archives via 7-Zip
- Added support for Windows Installer merge modules (.msm) via MsiX
- Added support for NBH files via NBHextract
Application descriptionUniversal Extractor is a program to do exactly what it says: extract files from any type of archive, whether it's a si...