Win Ace is currently my favorite way to archive files. It's really easy to use, and fast. Winzip works essentially the same, but my preference is for Winace because of it's ability to open so many types of archive.
To use Win Ace I usually just find a group of files,
hold down Ctrl on the keyboard, and left-click on the files you want,
Right-click on one of the chosen files (I clicked on the DLlink.rtf file
Then you'll have an icon like this, suitable for backup purposes to floppy disk or whatever media you choose.
To open an archive later, just right-click on the archive and left-click on the extract command. Then you will have a group copy of the original group of files in a new folder ready for you.
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