Fix Zip Error Cannot Extract Files from Zipped Folder

“One of my friends has sent me a ZIP file via internet. When I clicked on it to download, the file was downloading but during the process my system got turned off due to unknown reason. Few minutes later I have restarted my computer to resume the download process. However, the ZIP file got downloaded successfully but when I clicked on it to access files, it displayed an error message that "Cannot complete the compressed (zipped) folders extraction wizard”. I am not able to recognize reason behind it and I cannot ask my friend to send ZIP file again as he had deleted it after sending. Does anyone know why this is happening?”

This is one of the frequently asked questions by many ZIP file users. The major cause responsible for Zip error is error downloading. When download process is disrupted as a consequence of power failure, improper system shutdown or software malfunction, then it introduces invalid data into ZIP file and make it corrupted. Hence Zip archive shows error warning like cannot extract files from Zipped folder when you try to unzip archive. The obvious solution to this issue is to attempt to repair Zip folder with a system utility on your computer using below mentioned steps:

  • Click on the "Start" button, select “All Programs" and then "Accessories"
  • Right-click on the "Command Prompt" function and choose "Run as administrator"
  • Type "cd directory_path_to_zip" in which "directory_path_to_zip" indicates qualified path to the corrupted zip archive such as "C:\Windows\" in case your ZIP file is located in the Windows directory on your computer
  • Tap on "Enter" key and then type "C:\windows\system32\wzzip -yf corrupt_zip.zip" where "corrupt_zip.zip" is the name of the ZIP file you want to try and repair
  • Press the "Enter" key again; Windows attempts to fix the corrupt ZIP archive. If this process is successful, then a new ZIP file is created in the directory alongside the corrupt zip file with the same name you have named for ZIP file with the suffix "FIXED" at the end.

Most of the times, this method gives successful result. But if the ZIP file is severely corrupted, then this method does not help you to repair damaged ZIP archive. Therefore, last and the best option that you can choose to fix corrupted ZIP file is utilizing good and result oriented Zip file repair software.

Salient features of ZIP Repair software

Yodot ZIP Repair is embedded with a highly competent feature that allows you to repair partially or highly damaged ZIP archive displaying unable to extract files from zipped folder error message. It runs virtually on any computer so that you may easily unzip files from Zipped folder despite the root cause of corruption. This tool conducts extensive scan of corrupted ZIP archive and repair it instantly, so that you can access data from it. The application can easily fix corrupted ZIP / ZIPX files whose size is more than 4 GB on any Windows system.

Steps to extract files from ZIP archive:

  • Download and install Yodot ZIP Repair tool on your Windows computer
  • Run the software and follow the onscreen steps to complete the repair process
  • Browse and select corrupt ZIP / ZIPX file which you want to repair
  • Now, allow the software to scan selected ZIP archive
  • As the scanning process finishes, window opens showing that Zip file repair was successful
  • At this moment you can verify the structure of the data that are restored from the corrupt ZIP file
  • Now, browse to select the destination location and save the repaired ZIP folder

Points to reflect on:

  • Do not download ZIP file when there is continuous fluctuation in power or network connection
  • Close ZIP file by using “Exit” option provided in the “File” menu
  • Keep scanning your computer with antivirus software so that you can easily get rid of viruses

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