Back4Win is a lightweight Windows application designed specifically for helping you back up and compress data to ZIP file format. In addition, you may export the files to EXE file format so you won’t need specialized decompression programs in order to extract the files on the target system.
Back4Win does not excel in the visual department. The layout doesn’t look very well organized so you need extra time to get used to working with it.
The tool implements a multi-tabbed layout for helping you create archives and check the contents of ZIP archives.
Create ZIP archives
Back4Win gives you the possibility to use an Explorer-like layout for browsing throughout the content of the folders and files stored in your computer.
What’s more, you are allowed to password-protect the archives for making sure unauthorized users cannot have access to your files, include hidden items, save directory names, as well as change the compression level (maximum or medium).
You are allowed to copy files, update the files, refreshing the existing items, or move data and delete it at the end of the process.
ZIP extraction and other handy features
Back4Win offers you the freedom to import ZIP archives and preview their content. It displays information about each item, such as filename, path, size, type, date, and time.
Furthermore, you may switch between a tree or list view mode, expand directories, overwrite files, and extract all files or only the selected ones, convert the current archive to EXE file format, delete files from the archive, as well as test the validity of ZIP archives.
All in all, Back4Win integrates a basic suite of features for helping you generate and explore ZIP archives but it still needs some improvements to make the GUI look cleaner and easier to work with. On the downside, it hasn’t been updated for a while, so it may cause compatibility issues on newer operating systems.