Enable Compressed Folder in Windows 2000

by Daniel Petri - January 8, 2009

How can I enable the "Compressed Folder" feature in Windows 2000?

The Compressed Folder feature that exists in Microsoft Plus! 98, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition and Microsoft Windows XP was not included in the Microsoft Windows 2000 family products. In order to open compressed file (with a .zip extension) in Microsoft Windows 2000, you have to install a third party program (like WinZip) that would give you the ability to access those files or compress new files and folders also.

In this article, you will learn how to enable the "Compressed (zipped) Folder" feature on Microsoft Windows 2000, just like you've got on Microsoft Windows XP.

The Compressed Folder feature uses this 4 following system files:

  • Dunzip32.dll - Responsible for decompressing files stored in a compressed folder or file when they are copied, extracted, or executed.

  • Dzip32.dll - Responsible for compressing files when they are put into a compressed folder or file.

  • Zipfldr.dll - Contain the shell extensions for Compressed Folder.

  • 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.

(More information about Compressed Folders can be found at kb272996)

How to obtain the required files

  1. All of the DLL files listed above can be located in the MS02-054 Hotfix, also known as kb329048. To obtain this Hotfix you'll need to access the Windows Update Catalog site, and download the Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition version of this update for your chosen interface language.

  2. After surfing to the Windows Update Catalog site, click on the "Find updates for Microsoft Windows operating systems" link.

  3. Next, Select Windows Millennium Edition from the criteria below, and choose the language of your system user interface.

  4. Press on the Advanced search options and in the Contains these words field write down the article number 329048.

  5. Press on the Search button.

  6. The Windows Update Catalog site should return 1 result, on the Critical Updates and Service Packs submenu, click on this result line.

  7. Press on the Add button, and then press Go to Download Basket.

  8. Click on the Browse... button and then locate the folder that you want to save this update file into. It can be any folder that you like, just remember where you've put it. Press OK and then press on the Download Now button. Accept the terms of the preceding License Agreement.

  9. After the download has completed, you can close all of the opened windows.

Note: If you're using Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2, or you have a pop-up blocker program of some kind, installed on your machine, you'll have to enable pop-ups from the Windows Update Catalog site.

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How to install the Compressed Folder feature

  1. Locate the file called 329048.EXE under the WU folder (you will have to pass through many folders till you'll reach this file) and then drag it to RUN (Start->Run).

  2. At the end of the command line type (add this to the file name that appears in the Run command):

These specific switches will allow you to extract files only to the folder specified.

For example, if you want to extract the Hotfix to C:\Temp and you've located the WU folder under the root directory C, then the command line should be like this:

  1. Again, accept the terms of the preceding License Agreement by clicking Yes.

  2. Now copy ONLY the 3 DLL files mentioned above: Dunzip32.dll, Dzip32.dll and Zipfldr.dll to the SYSTEM32 folder of the Microsoft Windows 2000 machine.

  3. After you've copied these 3 files, register the Zipfldr.dll file by typing the following command in the Run command:

  1. Press OK, and again press OK when you see the success massage box.

  2. Now for the last file: Compressed Folder.ZFSendToTarget, you can find it under the SendTo folder that you have on each individual user profile folder on another Windows XP machine.

Note: To get easy and fast access to this file press Start->Run, type SendTo and then press OK.

Lamer Note: Notice that you need to copy this file from a Windows XP machine.

Simply copy this file into the SendTo folder at the Default User profile that's located in the documents and settings library.

Note: The Default User folder is s hidden folder.

  1. Restart your computer or do a Logoff/Logon.

Note: You can use this article for Microsoft Windows 98 as well, just remember to substitute the SYSTEM32 folder with the SYSTEM folder and the Default User\SendTo folder with the SendTo folder located in the Windows library.

Related articles

You may find these related articles of interest to you:

Links

Description of Compressed Folders and Files With .Zip File Extensions in Windows Millennium Edition - 272996

MS02-054: Unchecked Buffer in File Decompression Functions May Allow Attacker to Run Code - 329048

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