Installing Compressed FoldersThe Compressed Folders feature is not installed by default during a typical installation process. To install Compressed Folders, follow these steps:
- Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
- Double-click Add/Remove Programs.
- Click the Windows Setup tab.
- Double-click System Tools.
- Click to select Compressed Folders.
- Click OK.
Creating Compressed FoldersTo create a compressed folder or file, use one of the following methods:
- Double-click My Computer, on the File menu, point to New, and then click Compressed Folder.
- Right-click in any folder or on your desktop, point to New, and then click Compressed Folder.
- Right-click any file or folder, point to Send To, and then click Compressed Folder.
Sharing Compressed FoldersA compressed folder or file cannot be shared directly. Instead, the parent folder of the compressed folder or file must be shared. It is recommended that you maintain the .zip extension of the compressed folder or file if it is to be shared. This allows users with other Zip programs to access the archive, even if they do not have Compressed Folders installed.
When you run an executable file from within the compressed folder or file, the following message appears:
This application may depend on other compressed files in this folder.
For the application to run properly, it is recommended that you first extract all files.
Encrypting and Decrypting Compressed FoldersYou can use either of the following procedures to encrypt a compressed folder or file:
- Right-click the compressed folder or file, and then click Encrypt.
- Double-click the compressed folder or file, and then click Encrypt on the File menu.
- Right-click the compressed folder or file, and then click Decrypt.
- Double-click the compressed folder or file, and then click Decrypt on the File menu.
File SystemsThe Compressed Folders feature uses the following system files:
Dzip32.dll: Responsible for compressing files when they are put into a compressed folder or file.
Zipfldr.dll: Contains the shell extensions for Compressed Folders.
Compressed Folder.ZFSendToTarget: Adds the Compressed Folder option to the Send To menu. A shortcut is placed in the Send To directory that points to Zipfldr.dll.
Settings for Compressed Folders in the RegistryWARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
The following registry key contains the settings for Compressed Folders:
Article ID: 272996 - Last Review: Jun 19, 2014 - Revision: 1