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Does Windows have a ZIP compression ability

by royeo / April 17, 2010 10:00 AM PDT

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 . . .
by Coryphaeus / April 17, 2010 10:07 AM PDT

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
by royeo / April 18, 2010 9:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Xp does have Zip . . .

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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by Coryphaeus / April 18, 2010 10:59 PM PDT

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

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 18, 2010 11:04 PM PDT
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(NT) A-HA! Forgot about that one.
by Coryphaeus / April 19, 2010 10:52 AM PDT
In reply to: AHA!

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