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Lost XP Unzip Function.

I have Windows XP and Instead of the easy built in unzip program I get this program that wants to open them now. How do I change it back?

Sometimes zip programs come bundled with other software you install and it takes over whenever you want to open a zipped file. Win XP has a built in way to extract zip files that allows you to just drag and drop so why mess with something third-party?

Anyway, putting it back is pretty easy. Just right-click the zipped file and go to “Open With” then “Choose Program”.


Next select “Compressed (zipped) Folders” and make sure you check the box “Always use the selected program…”


Now whenever you download a zipped file you’ll have the ease of using XP’s built in feature.