How to restore built-in Windows XP zip / unzip (compress / uncompress) utility?

Hi All,

I’m working with a computer running Windows XP Pro that has ‘forgotten’ that it has compression/decompression (zip/unzip) utility software built-in.

In other words, I want to unzip a .zip file, but it doesn’t recognise the file extension. This was almost certainly caused by some other unzip program being installed such as winzip.

So unless I can convince Windows XP that it can unzip .zip files, then I’m going to have to install winzip or similar again, which is a bit annoying.

Searched all over these forums, google, windows knowledge base, etc, but none the wiser. :frowning:

Thanks for any help.

Here’s a tool that disables/enables XP’s built-in Zip support:

spaceman, did you happen to install the program? If yes, did it work?

naveed - thanks for the link, I’ll give it a go. As it happens, the computer I’m working on is my parents PC in the UK, and I’m in Australia using remote desktop. I don’t have access to it whenever I like: at the moment I still have to rely on them allowing me to control their computer (via MSN Messenger). I’m working on a solution (static domain for a dynamic IP) so that I can login to their PC whenever.

Yes it did! :slight_smile: Couldn’t have been easier. :stuck_out_tongue: Thanks naveed.

Hi, I have the same problem. I’ve check the link above and looks like it’s not working… Any other options on how to restore the built in zip in xp?