If you see The compressed (zipped) folder is invalid error when you try to extract the contents of the zipped file on your Windows 11/10 computer, then this post offers suggestions to help you resolve the issue. This error indicates that the zip file is corrupt, incomplete, or damaged and that the extraction cannot proceed.
Windows cannot complete the extraction, The compressed (zipped) folder is invalid
Fix The compressed (zipped) folder is invalid error on Windows PC
To resolve the Windows cannot complete the extraction, The compressed (zipped) folder is invalid error on Windows 11/10, you can follow any of these methods:
- Redownload the compressed file
- Re-enable Windows built-in Zip or Cab support
- Repair the Corrupted Zipped Folder
- Check if the Partition is FAT32 or NTFS
- Reinstall the file compression/extraction software
- Use another 3rd-party tool to extract its contents
- Repair Microsoft Visual C++.
Let us take a look at these methods in detail.
1] Redownload the compressed file
We suggest you download the file again to a different location in Explorer, maybe from a different website and see if it helps.
2] Re-enable Windows built-in Zip or Cab support
Disable Windows built-in Zip support and then enable it again and see if works.
3] Repair the Corrupted Zipped Folder
If you think the compressed file may have become corrupted, you can repair corrupted and damaged zip files using a free software or an online tool.
4] Check if the Partition is FAT32 or NTFS
On a FAT32 formatted drive, the maximum file size is 4 GB. So if you carry out this operation for a file that is 4GB in size, you can receive the error. In this case, you may need to change the partition from FAT32 to NTFS or transfer the file to an NTFS partition and try,
5] Reinstall the file compression/extraction software
If you are using a 3rd-party decompression software, we recommend you uninstall the program, download its latest version from the official website, and then reinstall it and see if it makes the problem go away.
6] Use another 3rd-party tool to extract its contents
Uninstall your current compression tool, and use another file compression software like 7-Zip, PeaZip, etc.
7] Repair Microsoft Visual C++
Another thing you can try is to repair the Microsoft Visual C++ installation on your computer.
Open Control Panel, select Add or Remove Programs and right-click on the Visual C++ icon and select Change. Then click on Repair to repair the installation.
I hope something here helps you.
Read: The archive is either in an unknown format or damaged.
Why is my compressed Zip file invalid?
Your Zip file could be declared invalid if the download has got corrupted. It can also occur if any of its contents have become damaged. A malware infection can also make this error appear.