Error message when you extract a compressed file that has a .zip file name extension on a Windows Vista-based computer: "This file was compressed using an unknown compression method"

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SYMPTOMS

When you use WinZip to extract a compressed file that has a .zip file name extension on a Windows Vista-based computer, you receive an error message that resembles the following:
This file was compressed using an unknown compression method. Please visit www.winzip.com/wz54.htm for more information. The compression method used for this file is 98. error: no files were found - nothing to do

CAUSE

This problem occurs if the following conditions are true:
  • You try to extract a compressed file that was created by using WinZip 10.
  • The computer on which you try to extract the file has an earlier version of WinZip installed.
WinZip 10 uses a compression method that is incompatible with some versions of Windows and with earlier versions of WinZip.

WORKAROUND

To work around this problem, select the Maximum (portable) compression method in WinZip 10. To do this, follow these steps in WinZip 10:
  1. Click File, and then click New Archive.
  2. In the File name box, type the name that you want to use for the compressed file, and then press OK.
  3. In the Add dialog box, select the files you want to add to the archive.
  4. In the Compression box, select Maximum (portable), and then click Add.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about this error message, visit the following WinZip Web site:
http://www.winzip.com/wz54.htm
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Article ID: 938319 - Last Review: July 11, 2007 - Revision: 1.1
APPLIES TO
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Starter
  • Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition
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