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I would like to compress a database backup file on Windows.

I wonder if Windows XP has by default any program (like WinZip) that I can use.

If yes, where is it located ?

If not, could you suggest a light program that does the task ?

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(But in answer to your question, just right-click and choose "Send To" and choose "Compressed (zipped) folder") – Kirk Woll Oct 1 '10 at 1:50
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This question belongs on, however my favorite compression program is 7zip

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This is probably not the right site for this type of question. I use 7-zip. Works like a charm. - You just beat me to the punch. – Hannes Nel Oct 1 '10 at 1:51
OK, Thanks a lot !! – Misha Moroshko Oct 1 '10 at 1:56

Yes, XP includes a compression program. Right click on the desktop and choose New -> Compressed (zipped) Folder. You should be able to copy your database into that new file as if it were a folder.

However, this is pretty basic compression. You'll do a lot better by downloading something like 7zip.

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