I have tried and cannot find an answer to this.
In the past, I simply avoided anything that was zipped. But a few months ago I really needed a certain Program that had downloaded as a zipped folder (archive). I clicked it and it opened about 10 separate files. I fiddled with it and couldn't figure out what I was supposed to do. I've read for hours and there is a lot of information that amounts to, "you can archive compressed files and send them somewhere and then decompress them and life is glorious". Unfortunately it all seems to be for people that already understand what has to happen to make a collection of files become a Program that performs a useful task.
Most Program downloads are directed through a short series of user-choices, ending with a new Program with the key in the ignition. But not these. These come as a pile of parts, and if you want to drive home you have to install the engine - after assembling and installing a backwards-threaded nitrousized Insanity-Face injector adapter, with instructions that look like they came from the Nag Hammadi library. (Sorry, I waited until I am frustrated to ask for help)
Maybe it won't even help me. All I know is that right now it seems far from intuitive to know what I need to do. I can right click the Downloaded Folder and open a dropdown with about 15 choices. I am supposed to make a choice from 15 different functions, while I have no clue what task needs to happen. I can't find any information that is relevant.
Separately, I would love a step-by-step tutorial on how to use 7-zip and winzip. But regardless of which zip tool I use;
I need a plain-language explanation of what the downloaded package is and what manipulations need to happen to transform the collection of files into a "Program"; meaning something that sits on my desktop that I can initiate a "run command" and cause it to begin doing whatever it is supposed to do. And why are programs sent as a Folder with multiple Files that are all zipped up? Is it just cheaper or easier than building a program that walks through the usual end-user routine like a guided tour; i.e. "what do you want to do? [save] or [run]" ? Obviously, if an end-user downloads a Program, he/she wants the compressed, zipped Folder to end up as a working Program, so why all the choices? Why not just make it semi-automatic? I mean, why wouldn't a zip program simply detect, quickly investigate, and pop up a simple request for user preference, like, "Say Fool, that Folder that just landed in your Downloads is an archived Program, surly you want me to set it up? [Yes] [No] [I didn't download anything] [No. Please discontinue semi-automatic install and stop calling me Shirley]
I understand that the zip program is a tool that needs to perform a set of operations. But that's about all I understand. If any of you kind, helpful souls can help me understand what steps happen, in order, I would appreciate it.