"Compress to Zip file" no longer working. How do I fix it?


dbookbinder

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When I select some files, right-click, and select "Compress to Zip file," instead of getting a ZIP file, I'm prompted for a program to open the files. File Explorer is still the default for the .zip extension, and I've run DISM and SFC commands and they've found no errors.

How can I restore this function? I have, and use, 7-Zip, which works, as does "Send to" compressed folder and opening and extracting from ZIP files. But so far, neither AI nor Google have been much help getting "Compress to Zip file" to work, and the solutions suggested on two pages on this site have also not worked.

Thanks!
 
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@dbookbinder

I also use 7zip and don't have a Compress to zip on my right click menus.
I wonder if 7zip took control.


You can use this...

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    Win 11 Home ♦♦♦22631.3737 ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦23H2
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    PC/Desktop
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    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
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    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
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    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE (BIOS 4702)
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    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
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    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
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    Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
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    Dell U3011 30"
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    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
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    Built by Ghot® (not in use)
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    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
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    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
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    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
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    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
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    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
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    Firefox 3.x ??
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    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?
and the solutions suggested on two pages on this site have also not worked
We have zero way of knowing what these two pages contain or what you have tried. Perhaps you could list what you have tried. Otherwise, members are just wasting their time suggesting the same things.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
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    Silverstone 1500
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    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
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    I’m on a horse.
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    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
The first thing I would do (as I have zero idea of what you have tried) is check in 7-zip that zip files aren’t associated with 7-zip.

  1. Open the 7-Zip File Manager with Administrator Rights from your start menu.
  2. Go to the tools menu and select options.
  3. If zip files is selected, deselect the zip extensions.
  4. Press OK to save your changes.

The 2nd thing I would try is scroll down the page and go to the end of the table contained in this tutorial and download and run the default Zip restore reg file.

 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
We have zero way of knowing what these two pages contain or what you have tried. Perhaps you could list what you have tried. Otherwise, members are just wasting their time suggesting the same things.
Sorry. I didn't have the links, but here's one: "Compress to ZIP File" does not work

The pages I mentioned suggested resetting the default for .zip files either using the .zip REG file in Shawn's list or a more exhaustive .reg file that (if I recall correctly) rewrites the registry entry for the Zip CLSID.
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    i7-1355U
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    64GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel IRIS 1GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek (internal)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Stock and external 27" Acer monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1080p
    Hard Drives
    NVme 2TB (Windows), 2TB SSD
    PSU
    Stock
    Case
    Stock
    Cooling
    Stock
    Keyboard
    Stock and external HP keyboard
    Mouse
    Trackpad and external Logitech wired mouse
    Internet Speed
    FIOS 1GB
    Browser
    Chrome, Edge, Brave
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
    Other Info
    2TB Samsung 990 Pro, 2TB Samsung 870 EVO
  • Operating System
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 5770
    CPU
    Intel i7-8550U
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon 530
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    256GB Samsung SDD, 2TB Western Digital HDD
    Mouse
    Logitech wired
    Keyboard
    Arteck wireless
    Internet Speed
    FIOS 1GB
    Browser
    Chrome, Edge
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
The first thing I would do (as I have zero idea of what you have tried) is check in 7-zip that zip files aren’t associated with 7-zip

The 2nd thing I would try is scroll down the page and go to the end of the table contained in this tutorial and download and run the default Zip restore reg file.

Mea culpa. I didn't have the links handy and have found one, see below.

I did try resetting the .ZIP association with the ZIP restore reg file, and the ZIP files are not associated with 7-Zip.
 

My Computers

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  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    i7-1355U
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    64GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel IRIS 1GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek (internal)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Stock and external 27" Acer monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1080p
    Hard Drives
    NVme 2TB (Windows), 2TB SSD
    PSU
    Stock
    Case
    Stock
    Cooling
    Stock
    Keyboard
    Stock and external HP keyboard
    Mouse
    Trackpad and external Logitech wired mouse
    Internet Speed
    FIOS 1GB
    Browser
    Chrome, Edge, Brave
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
    Other Info
    2TB Samsung 990 Pro, 2TB Samsung 870 EVO
  • Operating System
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 5770
    CPU
    Intel i7-8550U
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon 530
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    256GB Samsung SDD, 2TB Western Digital HDD
    Mouse
    Logitech wired
    Keyboard
    Arteck wireless
    Internet Speed
    FIOS 1GB
    Browser
    Chrome, Edge
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
Sorry. I didn't have the links, but here's one: "Compress to ZIP File" does not work

The pages I mentioned suggested resetting the default for .zip files either using the .zip REG file in Shawn's list or a more exhaustive .reg file that (if I recall correctly) rewrites the registry entry for the Zip CLSID.

OK well I read that link and it seems, once again, it is random between computers.

Normally at this point of my personal suggestions I would recommend an in-place upgrade. But reading that thread, I see that it has even happened on a fresh install of Windows.

I suppose the question is, with this current install of Windows Eleven, did “Compress To Zip” ever work in Windows File Explorer?
If yes, I’d say try the repair install.

If you decide to proceed (it’s a pretty painless operation) note that Option Two is the only option, Option One is for Insiders only

 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
Also, dbookbinder, for future reference:

Please type Winver into search on your PC and open it. Please type the version and build that it reports (you can copy/paste), into your “System Specs / OS” section (first on the list where you have placed “Windows 11”)

Like this for example: Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build 22631.3374

This link will open your System Specs.
https://www.elevenforum.com/account/system-specs

Thank you 🙏
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
OK well I read that link and it seems, once again, it is random between computers.

Normally at this point of my personal suggestions I would recommend an in-place upgrade. But reading that thread, I see that it has even happened on a fresh install of Windows.

I suppose the question is, with this current install of Windows Eleven, did “Compress To Zip” ever work in Windows File Explorer?
If yes, I’d say try the repair install.

If you decide to proceed (it’s a pretty painless operation) note that Option Two is the only option, Option One is for Insiders only

I don't recall whether it worked or not, because mostly I've used 7-Zip, as I've previously needed to add a password. I no longer need to do that, so that's why I tried the "Compress to Zip" menu item.

Okay, I'll include the build next time. Just got lazy, as Winver doesn't allow you to select it and based on my previous searches, it seemed as if this problem happens across multiple builds.

I've done repair installs several times over the years, and it's fairly painless. If I can't find a simpler solution, I'll give it a try, but this seems like something a targeted solution should repair (and a repair install may not, given, as you point out, that it shows up on clean installs). If I find a solution, I'll post it here.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    i7-1355U
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    64GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel IRIS 1GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek (internal)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Stock and external 27" Acer monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1080p
    Hard Drives
    NVme 2TB (Windows), 2TB SSD
    PSU
    Stock
    Case
    Stock
    Cooling
    Stock
    Keyboard
    Stock and external HP keyboard
    Mouse
    Trackpad and external Logitech wired mouse
    Internet Speed
    FIOS 1GB
    Browser
    Chrome, Edge, Brave
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
    Other Info
    2TB Samsung 990 Pro, 2TB Samsung 870 EVO
  • Operating System
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 5770
    CPU
    Intel i7-8550U
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon 530
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    256GB Samsung SDD, 2TB Western Digital HDD
    Mouse
    Logitech wired
    Keyboard
    Arteck wireless
    Internet Speed
    FIOS 1GB
    Browser
    Chrome, Edge
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
but this seems like something a targeted solution should repair

This is very often not the case. You said:

neither AI nor Google have been much help getting "Compress to Zip file" to work, and the solutions suggested on two pages on this site have also not worked

But you never know. 🤞🙏
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
I do have one last suggestion if you haven’t tried it already;

- Uninstall 7-zip:
Use Revo uninstaller Free so you can remove all traces of 7-zip in the registry and File Explorer, tell it to "scan for leftovers"​
- Run the default reg file in brinks tutorial, reboot and check again.

 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
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I do have one last suggestion if you haven’t tried it already;

- Uninstall 7-zip:
Use Revo uninstaller Free so you can remove all traces of 7-zip in the registry and File Explorer, tell it to "scan for leftovers"​
- Run the default reg file in brinks tutorial, reboot and check again.

Okay, thanks. I'll give that a shot. If it works, then the issue is 7-zip, even though it's not associated with the .Zip extension (or any other extension). Of course, I'll just reinstall 7-zip again, because it's useful, but at least I'll know what the issue is.
 

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Okay, thanks. I'll give that a shot. If it works, then the issue is 7-zip, even though it's not associated with the .Zip extension (or any other extension). Of course, I'll just reinstall 7-zip again, because it's useful, but at least I'll know what the issue is.

If it works 🤞 and you originally “completely” removed any trace of 7-zip before re-associating zip with explorer via the reg file, I don’t see why you wouldn’t just be able to reinstall 7-zip because from memory, by default, I don’t think 7-zip is assocted with .zip files. I believe you need to manually make the association in 7-zip?
 

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If it works 🤞 and you originally “completely” removed any trace of 7-zip before re-associating zip with explorer via the reg file, I don’t see why you wouldn’t just be able to reinstall 7-zip because from memory, by default, I don’t think 7-zip is assocted with .zip files. I believe you need to manually make the association in 7-zip?
If it works, it seems likely that 7-Zip is the problem, since removing it (theoretically) solved the problem. But, time and testing will tell. And yes, you do have to manually associate it with ZIP files, which I haven't done.

Incidentally, I've been using personal computers since CP/M days (and VAX/VMS before that), and Windows since Win286/386, so I'm pretty familiar with them.
 

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it seems likely that 7-Zip is the problem
Associating zip with 7-zip could of broken something, hence my suggestion that it may be worth trying to reinstall it after all is done, if all is corrected, and not associate zip with 7-zip, obviously. It’s trial and error I suppose?

Incidentally, I've been using personal computers since CP/M days (and VAX/VMS before that), and Windows since Win286/386, so I'm pretty familiar with them.
Yet here we are.
Microsoft is the devils advocate on may occasions.
 

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7-zip on my systems seems to work OK -- but I thnk for a basic zip file doesn't Windows have a built in command in file explorer --certainly it can uncompress (extract) stuff from zip files.

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7-zip on my systems seems to work OK -- but I thnk for a basic zip file doesn't Windows have a built in command in file explorer --certainly it can uncompress (extract) stuff from zip files.

cheers
jimbo
This is the issue, Jimbo. The OP wants to be able to use File Explorers ”Compress To Zip File” but it isn’t working.
So File Explorer for zip and 7-zip for everything else.
 

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This is the issue, Jimbo. The OP wants to be able to use File Explorers ”Compress To Zip File” but it isn’t working.
So File Explorer for zip and 7-zip for everything else.
OK wasn't clear -- I just thought the OP wanted to compress to a zip file. Didn't seem to say that he wanted to use file explorer.

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Associating zip with 7-zip could of broken something, hence my suggestion that it may be worth trying to reinstall it after all is done, if all is corrected, and not associate zip with 7-zip, obviously. It’s trial and error I suppose?


Yet here we are.
Microsoft is the devils advocate on may occasions.
Like I said, I didn't associate 7-zip with .zip, so uninstalling 7-zip and resetting the association may not solve the problem. But I'll try it when I'm at that computer and let you know. The problem with an open system, when compared, say, to IOS, is that it leaves open the possibility of interactions among multiple programs that then break other programs or part of the OS. The other day I tried 0patch and it broke PowerShell, but only after Avast! antivirus updated its rootkit component. When I uninstalled one or the other, PowerShell worked fine. (They're both gone, now.)
 

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OK wasn't clear -- I just thought the OP wanted to compress to a zip file. Didn't seem to say that he wanted to use file explorer.

Cheers
jimbo
What I said was, "When I select some files, right-click, and select "Compress to Zip file," instead of getting a ZIP file, I'm prompted for a program to open the files. ... How can I restore this function?"

Sorry if that wasn't clear.
 

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