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Restore the Windows XP native Zip file integration

Published: Nov 11, 2004
Modified  : May 10, 2008
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Symptom

Sometimes, uninstalling a third-party compression utility may not restore the Zip file association (XP natively supports Zip files). Also the Compressed (zipped) Folder entry may be missing under the New menu.

Note: To fix the .Zip associations in Windows Vista, visit the File association fixes for Windows Vista and download the .zip file association fix and run it.

Resolution

To restore the Windows XP Zip file integration quickly, type this command from Start, Run dialog:

REGSVR32 ZIPFLDR.DLL

If that does not help, another command may be required to change the .ZIP association. Type in Start, Run:

cmd /c assoc .zip=CompressedFolder

Here is the equivalent registry edit for the 2nd command above (FYI)

1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.ZIP

2. Double-click (default) and set its Value data to CompressedFolder

3. Exit the Registry Editor and restart Windows.

Related links

File association fixes for Windows Vista

Restore missing "Compressed (zipped) Folder" option to the Send To menu