I fix PCs for a living; this is for a customer even though I am testing it on my office PC.
Please read what is below and then answer the questions (A) - (D) in the QUESTIONS section below the first part. The LONG first part is prolog to the Questions farther down.
I need to know how to zip a folder NOT A FILE. I do not mean how to COMPRESS a folder which could be done MAYBE with RAR and ACE and so on. The folder MUST be created with Winzip NOT any other compressor because a 3rd party program my customer uses ONLY will import the folder if it is in TRUE Winzip format.
I am running Windows XP Home XP SP3 fully updated. I have installed the Evaluation version of WinZip15 just now.
(1) I start WinZip 15 and look for an option under File that will zip a folder AND ALL I CAN FIND IS ZIP A FILE. If I try to point it toward a folder it does not work
(2) I go to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306531
and follow the directions
On the File menu, point to New, and then click Compressed (zipped) Folder
BUT that option "Compressed (zipped) Folder" does NOT show up under New.
HOW CAN A MS KB BE WRONG ???? But it is wrong.
(3) I go to www.webdeveloper.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-35732.html
and follow the directions . Essentially the same PROBLEM as in (2) above occurs
right click the folder -> add to zip (or add to archive if you've got winrar (http://rarlabs.com/
Well guess what the "add to zip" option is NOT in the right click menu. Sounds just like (2) above if you think about it, right ??
BEFORE I GO ON PLEASE NOTE THAT WinZip>Options>Configurati
r Enhancements has EVERY BOX IN BOTH COLUMNS CHECKED. So NO, the problem is not that WinZIp setting which CLEARLY RELATES DIRECTLY TO (2) AND (3) ABOVE. The related WinZIp setting is CORRECT for (2) and (3) above.
(4) FINALLY I go to
and YES when I right click the folder and then select Send To I get a "Compressed (Zipped) folder" option
BUT when I choose that,
a window pops up saying something about for this to work Compressed Zip Folder must be associated with something and this is currently NOT the case so I say do it and I DO FINALLY get as output a zipped folder. IMPORTANT: I have not included the exact text as it is LONG and can not be copied (and pasted) from. But if a TRUE Zip expert responds here I assume they will be familiar with the popup, right ??
NOT DONE YET
(1) When I repeat with another folder I get the same popup BUT did I not say to approve whatever association (see above) so WHY IS IT ASKING ME AGAIN. ?
(2) When I next open WinZip I get a message THAT WAS NOT THERE BEFORE saying that Winzip is NOT associated with *.zip **FILES** and do I want to do that. i.e what I did in the popup box above caused zip to no longer work with files !!!
WHY IS THIS SO HARD ? IS THIS NOT SUPPOSED TO JUST WORK ?
(A) Will (4) above work and the resulting folder-name.zip is REALLY a correctly zipped FOLDER. This is a YES or NO question, right, so please answer with a YES or NO.
(B) Why is (2) above NOT working given it is a MS KB article for Windows XP and I have the latest version of WinZIp (V15) installed ???
(C) What does the Compressed folder association popup box coming up with (4) above MEAN and what is it getting at ?? After saying Yes to it why does it come up again for another folder when I approved the association which is USUALLY NOT a one time thing?
(D) Why after I approve the Compressed folder association does Winzip come up a message that it is no longer associated with Zip **FIles**.