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Description of Zip (.zip) Files
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Zip (.zip) files are files that are compressed to decrease the total file size. Files are compressed to reduce the amount of disk space needed for storage, to reduce download times, and so on. Note that after you obtain a .zip file, to view or use the contents of the .zip file, you must uncompress (unzip) it.
Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows 98, and Windows 95 do not include the ability to uncompress a .zip file. However, Windows Millennium Edition (Me) and Plus! 98 includes this capability. Also, there are many different third-party tools you can use to unzip files. To unzip files use the appropriate method:
Windows Millennium Edition
You can also use any of the following third-party compression utilities to unzip files: