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Windows Xp Integrated Zip option Problem

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jsblanton, Jul 6, 2007.

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  1. jsblanton

    jsblanton Thread Starter

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    Ok guys I've got a tricky one for you. I've been to alot of other forums with this one and I am out of ideas so I am really hoping someone here is smarter then me which isnt very hard by my experience =)


    I am a network admin for a smaller company. One of our sales guys recently started having the infamous "Windows is blocking access to this file for your protection" error when he tries to extract files from a .zip that is sent automatically from one of our sister companies. It says you can go to properties and click "unblock" which of course I did and which of course makes absolutely no difference. When he double clicks the zip it appears empty. When he clicks "extract all files" it gives the old Blocking this file error mentioned previously. I searched around google and read a couple suggested fixs and nothing has worked. I tried a Registry entry that marks certain files as low risk. I made sure he is a local admin of his machine. I logged in as domain admin and tried it myself...same result. I am kind of at a loss here and he really needs to be able to view and extract zip files. Could it be an update he got and installed? As of right now we dont yet have SMS or WSUS so users pretty much get to pick their own updates (I know its dumb but I just started.). It cant really be a group policy because everyone operates under the same policy and it works fine for them. He is running Windows Xp Pro SP2. Any advice someone smarter then me could offer would be greatly appreciated because I am completely out of ideas. I temporarily downloaded winrar for him but the trial period is about to run out and for the amount of zips he opens a day its not really a productive solution. He would really like to be able to use the integrated zip option in xp for quickness and ease of use. Thanks for your time.
     
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    Windows XP comes with built in support for uncompressing zip'd files. If you prefer to continue using a dedicated utility like pkzip or winzip which has more functionality, you probably need to disable the limited capability of XP to prevent interactions and problems, run the following command:

    regsvr32 /u %windir%\system32\zipfldr.dll

    Want to re-enable the built in zip capability, run the following command:

    regsvr32 %windir%\system32\zipfldr.dll

    This information is from the following website: http://www.windowsnetworking.com/nt/xp/registry/rtips30.shtml

    There may be some other information or tips for you to try. Good luck!
     
  3. jsblanton

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    Maybe you misunderstood, Yes I can use a third party zip program but we need Windows XP built-in functionality to work and it doesnt for whatever reason. That's our whole problem. This particular person needs to download and look at over 50-100 zips a day and the other third party applications require you to extract the whole file to a folder whereas the built in functionality lets you open them as a folder and pick and choose what you want to pull out. This is very important to the productivity of his job. I am aware of all the third party solutions out there but I am looking for an answer to fixing this problem with the built in windows xp zip functionality. I appreciate the suggestions, but it seems everywhere I go everyone is suggesting that I use a third party program and it's just not a productive solution in this case. Please only reply if you have a technical fix/suggestion for this issue. Thanks
     
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    The technical fix for the issue it to troubleshoot the reason why the built in WinXP winzip fetuture is not functioning correctly. The DLL file associated with the zip functionality may be corrupt.

    The previous post suggestion was not to use a third party software, it was to give you the information you needed to troubleshoot the current issue. Try disabling then re-enabling the built in XP winzip using the commands from that website link. Then reboot.
     
  5. jsblanton

    jsblanton Thread Starter

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    I sincerely apologize. I posted this problem on about 12 forums today and it's been a long day of answering posts and emails suggesting the same thing. I think that's what caused me to overlook yours. After giving myself a quick attitude check and reading a little more, I see that this is actually a very good suggestion. Thank you for taking time out of your day to help out and I will let you know if this solutions works. Thanks again.
     
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