what is the underlying compress command used ?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Hassan, Dec 16, 2007.

  1. Hassan

    Hassan Guest

    When we right click on files, there is the option to send to compressed
    foler... my question is whats the underlying command that Windows uses ?
    Hassan, Dec 16, 2007
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  2. There isn't any.

    The zip compression is only avialable via the Explorer GUI. It's implemented
    as a DLL (zipfldr.dll) which is loaded into the Explorer process space.
    There's no stand-alone EXE or equivalent command-line option, to zip or
    unzip files.

    Microsoft licensed the zip compression code from a 3rd party company. Part
    of the deal was there'd be no compression command, so as to not impact sales
    of 3rd party compression utilities. If you need a command-line commpression
    command, you'll need to find a tool to do the job, such as Winzip.

    Hope it helps,
    Andrew McLaren, Dec 17, 2007
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