Q108326: How Do I Unzip a File in Windows XP?

Some of the solutions to installation errors require that you download and unzip a file. Windows XP has a standard utility for unzipping files. If you are using Windows 2000 or earlier, see How Do I Use the WinZip Utility in Windows 2000 or Earlier?

Zipped files are compressed, saving space. This makes downloading files from the Internet faster and allows software distributors to put more files on distribution media, such as a CD. Most zipped files end with the .zip extension.

  1. Double-click the zipped file.

  2. In the window that opens, click Extract all files.

    The Extraction Wizard opens.

  3. Click Next.
  4. In the Select a Destination panel, select the location where you want the folder to be placed, for example, the Desktop. Click Next.

  5. In the Extraction Complete panel, select Show extracted files. Check Finish. The unzipped files appear in a new window.

  6. Use the contents of the zipped file as instructed in the solution.

Last Modified Date: 10-02-2007ID: Q108326