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Does Windows have a ZIP compression ability

I have Windows XP Pro.

I tried to use "Compressed (Zipped) Folders" in Windows. It didn't work. Then I tried right clicking on a folder/file, selecting "Properties", pushing the "Advanced" button, I then checked "Compress contents to save disk space", etc., and the folder and its contents turned blue but the size of the files, seeming, hadn't changed. Have the files actually been compressed? Should I get an external ZIP program? If so can you recommend a program?



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Xp does have Zip . . .

When you say it didn't work, tell us exactly what happened. XP does have zip and it works for me. Compress is not what you want.

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Re: Does Windows have a ZIP compression ability

I right clicked on a folder with a .exe file in it and selected "Properties" on the context menu. That brought up the "Properties" dialog box, on which is the "Advanced" button. I pushed it. Up came the "Advanced Attributes" dialog box. I then checked the "Compress contents to save disk space" check box and pushed the "OK" button. I then pushed the "OK" button on the "Properties" dialog box. That brought up the "Confirm Attribute Changes" dialog box. Here I clicked the "Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files" radio button. Then I pushed the "OK" button and that brought up the "Applying attributes" progress box. The folder and its contents turned blue but the size of the file in the folder hasn't/hadn't changed.


Roy O'Neill

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You cannot zip a folder with XP, only a file. Right click the file and follow the prompts.

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(NT) A-HA! Forgot about that one.

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