7-Zip is the best archiving tool for Windows these days. It is open-source, fast and supports a large number of formats. It offers the installer for both the 32-bit and the 64-bit versions of Windows. As far as Windows 11 is concerned, there is only 64-bit version of the operating system available.
But after installing 7-Zip we notice that it adds an extra context-menu labeled as “CRC SHA”. We can right-click on any file and use this “CRC SHA” from the context-menu to calculate their file checksums. It is very handy if you want to find the file hashes in this manner.
But if you think it is crowding up the already overloaded right-click menu in your Windows PC, then it is time to remove it. Here is how:
- Launch 7-Zip from its Start menu or Desktop shortcut. If you have a zip file, then you can also double-click on it to open 7-Zip.
- In the 7-Zip window, click on Tools in the menubar and then select Options.
- From the Options window for 7-Zip, select the 7-Zip tab and then uncheck the checkbox labeled CRC SHA.
- Now you can click on the OK button to close the Options window.
After this, you will not see the CRC SHA context-menu item that is added by 7-Zip on a Windows PC. If you want to bring back this helpful feature to the right-click menu once again, then you have to enable the CRC SHA option in the 7-Zip options in the same manner.
There are many better and feature-rich alternatives for calculating file hashes for Windows. We have covered them in the past such as – File Voyager, EF Checksum Manager, CyoHash, fHash, HashOnClick etc. All of these tools come with multiple file hashing algorithms and can be used to verify the file hashes for the integrity of the files.