Category : Utilities for DOS and Windows Machines
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VIP.EXE ver 6.4a

(C) Copyright Al Richards
June, 1993
All rights reserved

6.4a Update:
Corrects a minor error that caused no files to be displayed if
a filename contained certain charactors.
Also, an additional hot-key (Alt-R) to re-zip a ZipFile.

NEW: 6.4
A scan for virus function has been added to version 6.4
Pressing F8 will invoke McAfee's SCAN or your defined scan program
for ZIPs, ARJs, & Self extracting ZIPs.

An error that caused VIP to display the message: 'No files found'
when SHARE was loaded and in use, has been corrected.

Ver 6.3 has an option to convert ARJ, LHA & ARC files to Zips.
It will also re-zip, zip files to the current version of PkZip.
Convert self-extracting Zips (with .EXE extension), to normal Zips.
It uses maximum compression, and automatically sets the ZipDate
to the date equal to the newest date of files within the Zip.
When Re-Zipping a Zip file, you now have the option to delete the
origional Zip before creating the new Zip. This is useful when the
Zip file contains items that PK will not let you delete, such as a
VOLUME label. It will also eliminate any comments and -AV that
the origional file had. Make sure you have enough disk space
before doing this. (First, try rezipping it without deleting the
origional file to make sure there is enough disk space or memory).
Once the file is deleted, VIP relies on PkZip to create a new ZipFile
and if the extraction failed, the origional file will be lost.
If this should happen, immediately shell to DOS and try to
un-delete the lost file using norton's Quick UnDelete or Dos's

To Re-Zip or convert a file, highlight the filename and press F5
or Ctrl-R
The file/s ARJ.EXE, LHA.EXE, PKXARC.EXE must be in the search path
for this option to work.
To use ARCE.EXE for .ARC extraction, rename ARCE.EXE to PKXARC.EXE

If ARJ.EXE is not found, then files with an .ARJ extension will not
be displayed. The same is true with LHA & ARC. ARC files will be
extracted with PkXarc only.
Note: In some cases, converting small ARJ or LZH files to ZIP files
may result in a slightly larger file.

For most larger files, Zipped files will usually be smaller.


VIP requires Dos Version 5.0+ OR PKZIP Ver. 204.

VIP can operate with an older DOS while using PKZIP 204
VIP can operate with PKZIP 1.1 while using DOS 5.0 +
Works just fine with Dos 6. using DoubleSpace.
Checks first to see if Pkzip is present.

The required files for operation of VIP.EXE are:

PKZIP.EXE & PKUNZIP.EXE (from PKZ110 or newer )
LIST.COM ( from LIST76B.ZIP or newer )
SORT.EXE ( from DOS )
EDIT.EXE ( or user defined editor )
SCAN.EXE (From McAfee, or desired scanning utility)

These above files *MUST* be in your Dos search path.
Do not re-name these files or failure will result.

Some older versions of LIST will work just fine.
If LIST is not available, Vip will still operate however
you will not be able to view a file.

PKZ204G or newer is recommended.
Note: All functions have not been tested with PkZip 110

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The main purpose of VIP is the ability to view a file from within a
ZIP file and/or selectively extract files from within the zip.
Additional features were added to delete, edit & restore directories
while still being the easiest and friendliest zip extractor.

Vip does not contain annoying bells or whistles, or noisemakers and
should operate smoothly.

Vip uses PkZip & PkUnzip and can't become obsolete because of a newer
type of compression. When you get a newer version of PkZip, VIP will
automatically be up to date with the latest method of compression

PkZip, PkUnzip, & List, are properties of their respective authors.
These files are *NOT* included within this archive and are available
from most bulletin boards.
For further information on these programs, refer to the documentation
supplied with these programs.

You can now invoke VIP and specify the desired path on the command

After invoking VIP, select the desired Zip File with the key-pad keys.
To view the contents of the zip file, select the LIST option with the
key-pad keys and press enter. The zip's internal directory will be


To view one of the files from within the Zip, highlight the desired
file using the up/dn keys. Select the view option and press Enter.
The View function uses LIST.COM. If LIST.COM is not available, an
error message will appear from dos. (if it's not too fast to read)
If you can't seem to be able to view a file, it could be because the
listing program is not in the search path or an out_of_memory
condition may exist.

TEMPORARY Work-Drive: ( Alt_W )
The default work-drive is C: if it exist.
You may specify a work drive for viewing/editing by pressing Alt-W
This is useful if you are working from a floppy disk that may not
have enough free space for viewing or editing.
The work-drive has no effect on normal extractions and is used only
while viewing or editing. Processing a BACKUP multiple disk Zip file
DOES use the work drive for all functions.

TEMPORARY Editor: (Alt-E)
The default editor as specified in the setup window can be bypassed by
pressing Alt-E. This is a temporary editor assignment. If the editor
cannot be found in your path, a message will appear.

TEST Zip integrity: (ALT-T)
Highlight the desired Zip File to test and press ALT-T

Technical listing: (Ctrl-T)
Highlight the desired Zip File and press Ctrl-T to view the technical
information for the Zip File.

View the Zip File with LIST: (Alt-V)
If a Zip File cannot be viewed by PkZip because of errors in the Zip,
you may press Alt-V to view the file as if it were a text file.
This is handy while trying to determine why a file has errors. You may
find that it's not a Zip File at all. Most all Zip Files will display
the letters PK at the very beginning of the file as viewed with LIST.
If the file displays PKPK at the beginning of the file, then it is a
part of a backup set which may consist of more than one disk. Note that
intermediate disks (not the first or last) of this set will not contain
PK at the beginning of the file, and cannot be processed directly.

SCANNING a ZipFile ( F8 )
Only .ZIP, .ARJ or self extracting Zips (.EXE) files will be scanned.
To scan .ARC or .LHA files, convert them to ZIP files first.

The default is to call SCAN after the Zip has been extracted to a
temporary directory. The entire ZipFile will be extracted to a single
temporary directory for scanning. You must have sufficient disk space
and free memory for this operation.

The scanning utility can be pre-set with a dos set command.

Note: when scanning calls a batch file, the batch file should NOT change
to the scan utility directory. Doing so will cause VIP to return to
the wrong directory with unpredictable results.

A batch file you can use with scan: (SCAN.BAT)

@echo off
c:\scan\scan /A /bell /nomem %1 %2 %3

Deleted or cleaned files here will have no effect on the infected files
within the ZipFile. Remember, these files are a temporary extraction.
It's up to you to manually delete or clean the infected files from within
the ZipFile. Use the delete individual files function from within VIP to
delete infected files within the zip.

PRINTING a file: ( F10 )
Highlight the file to print (ascii) and press F10 If the file you
are printing is NOT an ascii file (binary), it can easily go through
a ream of paper with gibberish on it.

To extract files, tag the desired files by pressing the space-bar.
You can press T to TAG all files or U to UNTAG all files. After the
desired files are tagged, highlight the EXTRACT option & press enter.
You will be prompted for an extraction path. This is the path where
the extracted files will be placed. Specify the FULL Dos path.
If no files are tagged, then the highlighted file will be extracted.

When extracting a file, if the extraction path is not specified, it
will extract it to the default directory.
Now, Multiple paths can be specified. IE: D:\TEST\TEST1\TEST2 etc.
If the path does not exist, it will create the path if you desire.

EXTRACT with pass-code:
To extract a file that requires a pass-code, use the instructions as
shown above except do NOT press enter, Press ALT_P instead. You will
be prompted for a pass-code.

If directories have been stored within the archive, you may extract
them to their respective directories. If the directory does not exist
it will automatically created. You must specify the parent directory
that you want these directories created/restored under.

An example:

In the above example, suppose the ZipFile was created from the
WINDOWS directory with the -mrp option to store the directory paths.
The files that were in the \WINDOWS\ directory will not have it's
path stored, however the files in the ICONS, SYSTEM, DOCS, & UTILITYS
directories will have the path stored inside the Zip.

When creating the Zipfile, the -m will move the files and directories
into the zip & then delete them from the disk. The parent directory
(\WINDOWS\) is not deleted.

To restore/create these directories and extract the files to the same
paths as the original, you must specify WINDOWS as the parent path
for this extraction. If \WINDOWS\ does not exist, it will be created.

Multiple Disks
A Zip file created with the -& option spanning multiple disks, the Zip
file's directory is located on the LAST disk of the backup set.
To process these files in the usual manner, place the LAST disk into
the drive. You may then View / Extract these files in the usual manner.
If the disk is not the last disk, the operation will fail.
If you place the wrong disk ( 2nd, 3rd, etc) in the drive, and not the
last disk, Pkzip will go into an endless loop. To break out of this
loop, press Ctl-C or Ctl-Break.
Note that you may not be able to edit one of these files unless it is
on the last disk.

Pkzip may request you to insert a different disk of the set if needed.
Remember, that most of these disks will be full, and a work drive other
than the current drive is required. Also, the extraction path should
be to a different drive if the current drive is full.

Note: When selecting to view the contents of a zip file that spans
multiple disks, even if the set consist of 1 disk, VIP will display
a message asking you to place the LAST disk into the drive. Pkzip
will then prompt you to place thelast disk into the drive.
YOU WON'T SEE THIS PROMPT, because the output is re-directed to a
temporary file. After you realize that nothing is happening, press
enter to proceed.
The same thing happens if you place the last disk or the first disk
into the drive. If a disk other than the first or the last is placed
in the drive, PkZip will go into an endless loop.
Once the internal Zip directory is displayed, you may tag/view/extract
the files in the usual manner. Remember, the Zip-directory is contained
on the LAST disk of the set.

DIFFICULTY using drive A & B
While viewing or extracting files, PkZip needs room to work. If the
disk is full, and no work drive is set, an error message will appear.
A error message may appear if the diskette is missing, not formatted or
write protected.

Other Difficulties have been when insufficient memory is available.
Too many TSR's loaded; Try unloading some of them.
To determine the amount of memory available, from the dos prompt,
enter: MEM/d (for dos 5.0+)

On rare occasion, vip will display the message that PkZip is not found.
This happens if you do not have sufficient memory, or when shelling to
dos and trying to run VIP a second time instead of typing EXIT to
return to VIP. You may have too many TSR's loaded in memory.

If everything else fails, try booting up on drive A with a bare bones
system without all the TSR's and things loaded. If it works ok here,
then you have too much in memory, or some programs are conflicting.

Using the PATH option will enable you to change to a different drive
and/or directory. This becomes the default directory. If the path
does not exist, a message will appear.
To re-log the current directory, enter a single period as the new path.
When specifying the path, you can specify the full path starting from
the root & include the drive if more than one drive exist. If the path
is on the current drive, only the directory name is needed.

PATH Examples:
Assume the current directory is C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\ICONS\
Selecting a path change by specifying 2 dots .. will drop back one
directory to C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\
To change back to the example, simply specify ICONS without a backslash.
From the root of C:\ you must specify WINDOWS\SYSTEM\ICONS to change
the path to the example. A leading backslash is not needed.
To change to the root directory, use a backslash as the directory name.

You may specify the path on the command line when you invoke VIP.
IE: C:> VIP D:\UTILITYS will change to & start up in D:\UTILITYS
The path as specified on the command line no longer require a colon
or a backslash. A directory name without a drive or backslash in it's
name will be assumed to be the current drive and starting from the root.
The command line parameter no longer assigns the editor name.

DELETE: (entire ZipFile)
To DELETE a single ZIPFILE, Highlight the desired file to delete and
select the delete option & press enter. A warning will appear.
Deleted files can sometimes be un-deleted, however, the operation of
VIP uses disk space for temporary files, and may use the sectors that
the deleted file used. This often makes it impossible to Un-Delete.

DELETE: (a file within the Zip)
To DELETE a file from WITHIN the zip, tag the desired files with the
space-bar. You will be warned that files are about to be deleted.
Once the files are deleted, they cannot be un-deleted. Only tagged
files will be deleted.
Note that when deleting a file, PkZip requires a lot of disk space.
If there is not enough disk space, PkZip will abort the function.
The same may be true when editing a text file.
When disk space is short, try specifying a different work drive by
pressing ALT-W


When you SHELL to dos, upon returning, VIP will automatically
re-log the current directory. You can re-log the current directory
at any time by choosing the path option and enter a single dot.

The Edit function is available only to registered versions. To edit a
text file, select the desired file by highlighting the file with the
highlight bar. Select the edit function and press enter.
Your editor must be smart enough to accept command line parameters.

Note that large files may result in an Out of memory error because
during the edit function, VIP is still resident and occupying memory.
Depending what editor you use, some editors may not work at all. The
default editor is DOS's EDIT which is the same EDIT that QBASIC uses.
Edit was chosen because it comes with DOS 5. The best editor you can
use is Q (QEDIT) because it does not require much memory and can edit
a text file of almost any size. (and much more)

Upon exit from the editor, PkZip looks at the edited file, and if it
has changed, (edited), it will automatically update the zipfile and
replace the edited file in the zipfile.
After editing, Pkzip will display the message that it is freshen the
ZipFile & moving files. It will remove the files & the directories
from the temporary directory. When it is actually updating the file
it will specify the file-name that is updating. A deliberate pause
was added to enable you to view any message from PkZip.

If you edit the file, and decide NOT to save it, then Pkzip will NOT
update the zipfile. A message from PkZip will be: Nothing to do.
When finished editing, save the edited copy in the usual manner, and
exit from the editor. If you DON'T want the Zipfile to be updated
with the edited file, then do NOT save it; Exit your editor without
saving the edited copy.

If you are trying to edit a file from within the Zipfile that has a
PATH stored for that file, PkZip will NOT freshen the file unless it
is extracted to the path that is stored within the ZipFile.
Vip 6.4 will now automatically create the stored directories and
extract the file to this directory chain. After editing, PkZip will
move the edited file into the Zip, and remove the created temporary

Do NOT try to edit COM, EXE, or any binary type file unless you know
what you are doing. Most editors WILL DESTROY a binary file if you
edit it with a text type editor. You may edit binary files with an
editor like DEBUG, but again this is for the advanced programmer who
would not be trying to edit it through the use of VIP.
If the text you are trying to edit is not clear ascii, or if it has
strange characters in it, it may not be an ascii file, and you can
not edit it without destroying it. SOME editors can edit files that
contain control codes, but most editors cannot.

This function toggles the logging of EXE files with the ZIP files so
that you may examine / process self-extracting zips. The default
is exclude which will only display ZIP files with a ZIP extension.
When you toggle the INCLUDE, it will display all .ZIP and .EXE files.
Note that most .EXE files are NOT self-extracting zips and trying to
view the contents will obtain an error message from PKZIP.
There is no easy method to determine if an EXE file is a ZIP file, so
all .EXE files will be displayed. An error message usually means that
it is NOT a self extracting ZipFile.
The message: 'Error in ZipFile - use PkZipFix' can be ignored unless
you are sure that it really is a self-extracting ZipFile with errors.


Files created with ARJ, LHA, PKARC, or self extracting ZIP's may be
converted to Zip Files by highlighting the file and pressing F5.

If the ARJ file has directories stored in it, they will be re-created
in the Zip file during conversion. The Zip file date will be set to
the date of the newest file within the Zip file. Comments will not
be saved or converted.

Difficulty: If the process fails, it may leave a working directory
with sub-directories and/or files in it. These directories/files are
temporary and are difficult to remove. In this case, you will need
to shell to dos, and delete these files/directories.
Normally, the working directory will be C:\$VIP$ or whatever work
drive you assigned.
This can easily be done using LIST. With a little practice, you will
find LIST very handy for this type of operation.

If you have used prior versions of VIP, it may have left temporary
directories on your disk. If so, and if they present a problem, they
should be removed. Version 6 should not leave temporary directories.


VIP version 6.4 can now operate with dos 3.3 or newer. Other types
of operating systems have NOT been tested. They may or may not work.
VIP requires ONE of the following conditions:

DOS 5.0 (or newer) AND PkZip version 1.1 (or newer.)
Most any DOS version AND PKZIP Version 204 or newer.

All possible types/combinations have not been tested. If you have a
particular configuration that will not work, please let me know.


The editor option is to define the default editor that VIP will be
using. When you define the editor, specify the editor name without
an extension. This new editor name is saved within the VIP program
becomes the default editor.

You may specify a different editor by pressing Alt-E. This is only
a temporary assignment and is discarded when you exit VIP.
When specifying an editor, Vip will search your search path to see if
the editor exist.

An ICON is supplied if you want to run Vip from windows.
Note that VIP is a DOS application, and the ICON is an after-thought.
Extract VIP.ICO to the windows directory or where ever you keep your
icons. Vip does not support a mouse. To install in windows, select
the category box to put it in by clicking it one time. Choose the New
Item in the file box. Select the Browse option & select the directory
that Vip is in. Highlight VIP.EXE and click the OK box. Windows will
place the path and file-name in the box. Select CHANGE ICON and browse
for VIP.ICO & click on the ok box.
You may enter the working directory on the working directory line.
This drive\directory will be passed to VIP and will log onto that path
upon start-up and displaying the ZipFiles in that directory.

Most of the help data has been removed from the program to conserve
file space, and moved to a separate file. When calling help, LIST
will display the file if VIPHELP.TXT is found in your search path.

Now you may define the location of VIPHELP in the autoexec.bat
set command. The syntax example is:

SET VIPHELP = [drive\]path example: SET VIPHELP=C:\UTILS
This is only needed if VIPHELP.TXT is not in a search path.

SET VIP = [drive\]path Can be specified if vip is not in a
search path. This setting will slightly speed up the initial startup
and can be used during registration and/or defining the editor.

Used to pre-define a different work-drive other than the default of C:
Great idea if you use a ramdrive or Vdrive.

A universal hotkey to execute a SHELL command by pressing F1
The above example will call DEBUG when F1 is pressed.
You may do with this key whatever you wish. You could use it to change
to a pre-defined directory, or make it call a program, or whatever.
Using this key is entirely up to you.
If VIPKEY has not been set, then F1 has no effect.

Sets the screen saver to 30 seconds. If Vip is not registered, this has
no effect. Un-registered defaults to 1 hour. To disable, SET VSAVER to 0

Pre-selects the scanning utility that you will use for scanning files.

To enter the configuration screen, Press Alt-1 from either screen.
(hold the alt key while you press the number 1 key )
Version 6.4 of VIP no longer requires you to be in the same directory
that VIP resides in for this option, so long as vip is in a search
path OR you used the SET command in your autoexec.bat. If Vip cannot
find it's self in the search path, it will let you know.

A configuration menu will appear with 3 options.
When registering VIP, you will receive a code that is unique to your
registration. Specify the registration name exactly as you want it.
It is CASE sensitive. If you use all upper case letters, this is the
way it will be registered. You cannot change it without a new code.
It is suggested to use lower case letters with the first letter in
upper case (capitalized). This name is limited to 24 characters.

Version 6.4 now will allow semi-automatic registration.
Create a file: VIPREG by using the copy con function.

your CODE (enter)

The first line contains the registration name.
The second line contains your registration code.

Vip will automatically look for a file named VIPREG
This file must be in the default directory while registering VIP
unless you specify the path\file on the command line.

An alternate method:
Create VIPREG as described above.
Create a batch file VIPREG.BAT which contains:

An oddity:
If you extract VIP.EXE to a directory, and have a prior version of
vip elsewhere in your search path, the FIRST VIP found in your path
is the one that will get registered. The newer one will not register.
To solve this, delete the old Vip or move it to a different directory.

If you include a 3 1/2 inch formatted diskette with your registration,
I will place the current, or latest version of vip on it and return it
with your registration. (you must supply the envelope & postage)

If you add an additional $5 to the fee, I will supply a diskette with
the latest version of VIP and a Pre-registered copy of VIP.

Some software authors charge high registration fees for their software.
I believe that if the price is right, most people will register their
copy of VIP. The price of $10 must be right, because I am receiving
more registrations than expected. Your registration code should work
for all future versions of VIP.

You are encouraged to register VIP if you intend to continue using it.
The registration cost is only $10, US currency rate.
The author assumes no liability for the use of this program and the
user is solely responsible for any loss or damage to files as a result
of using VIP.

The use of VIP constitutes an agreement to these terms.

IF VIP is to be used commercially, for business or government, it
must be registered. Commercial users are required to register
each copy used at the work site.
To obtain a site licence, use the comment section on the registration
form to specify how many copys needed.


Please enclose an addressed, stamped envelope with your order.

Send $10. US currency

Your name ____________________________________________________

Address ____________________________________________________

City, State, Zip ___________________________________________

Company name ________________________________________________

Phone number (____) _____________________

Where did you obtain VIP ? ___________________________________

Enter the name below EXACTLY as you want it registered

Name > ____________________________________________________
(24 characters limit)

Mail to:
5201 ASH

Please add any comments below ( good or bad ) . ....

  3 Responses to “Category : Utilities for DOS and Windows Machines
Archive   : VIP-64A.ZIP
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