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Win XP won't open Zip files

by rrrspace / April 25, 2006 11:43 AM PDT

When I try to extract files from any zip file:
1 the Windows XP Extraction Wizard opens
2 I click on NEXT
3 the select a destination screen of the Extraction Wizard displays
4 I select a destination folder and click on NEXT
5 Then I get a Windows Security Warning window that says windows has blocked access to the file I'm trying to open/extract from. At the bottom it has a "...how to open them" hot link. I click on that.
6

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Win XP won't open Zip files (cont)
by rrrspace / April 25, 2006 11:52 AM PDT

oops, I hit submit accidentally before I was done. I continue...

When I try to extract files from any zip file:
1 the Windows XP Extraction Wizard opens
2 I click on NEXT
3 the select a destination screen of the Extraction Wizard displays
4 I select a destination folder and click on NEXT
5 Then I get a Windows Security Warning window that says windows has blocked access to the file I'm trying to open/extract from. At the bottom it has a "...how to open them" hot link. I click on that.
6 Following that link XP tells me:using My Computer, navigate to the file, right click on it, select Properties, click Unblock
7 I do that but there is NO "Unblock" button there at all.

Is there anyway I can access my zip files on XP?

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Is this it?
by Coryphaeus / April 25, 2006 12:03 PM PDT

From XP Help:

How blocking some attachments helps protect your computerSending and reading e-mail is one of the most popular activities on the Internet. The widespread use of this technology, however, makes it a primary way for computer viruses to spread. Because viruses and other security threats are often contained in e-mail attachments, Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) helps protect your computer by blocking e-mail attachments that might be harmful.

In most cases, Windows XP SP2 will block files that have the potential to harm your computer if they come to you through e-mail or other communication programs. Windows will block these files if your program is running in a strong security mode. Most files that contain script or code that could run without your permission will be blocked. Some common examples of this file type are those with file names that end in .exe, .bat, and .js.

Blocking these files is very important to do, since directly opening files of this type poses a risk to your computer and personal data.

Is there any way I can open files that have been blocked?

If you are certain that you trust this file and want to open it, follow the instructions below.

Save the file onto your computer.
Click Start, click My Computer, and navigate to the file that you saved.
Right-click the file that you saved, and then click Properties.
Click Unblock near the bottom of the dialog box.
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Just download FreeZip
by Testy / April 25, 2006 9:10 PM PDT
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I already have compression software
by rrrspace / May 1, 2006 2:54 AM PDT
In reply to: Just download FreeZip

I actually need access to files I have already made. Besides, there seems no reason to believe that any other compression software would not create files which suffer the same fate.

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extraction wizard message
by ramarc / May 2, 2006 1:14 AM PDT

sounds like you're either trying to unzip a file that windows thinks is suspicious or you're trying to put it in a protected location.

try this:
open the zip file in explorer;
select all the files [ctrl-a];
copy the selection [ctrl-c];
create a new folder;
paste the files into that folder

if you still get the error, were any files extracted? if so, you know the xp based zipper is working. what is the first file that failed? that file is probably the culprit that's causing the issue.

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Doesn't seem to be the solution
by rrrspace / May 1, 2006 2:51 AM PDT

The file is a system backup and is over 4 gig in size and I only have a dial up connection. I don't think anything that involves uploading/downloading a file would be feasible.

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