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    compressed file extraction

    When we double click on a compressed .zip folder in XP or Vista OS, it gives another files.

    Is it same as using Winzip or 7-zip utility to extract a compressed folder?

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    Pretty much.

    Can you elaborate more on your question? XP can't open 7-zip files without using 7-zip software. Dunno about Vista.

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    I was trying to flash a BIOS update from ASUS web site for a MB. The downloaded file is a compressed file with .zip extension. When I doulble clicked under XP it gives me a file with .ROM extension. Under Vista on another Pc also worked the same.

    Out of curiosity, I used 7-zip to extract the down loaded zipped folder, it extracted the file with the same name with same extension.

    Are they same?

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    Yes they should be.

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    Prior to Windows XP...you had to get 3rd party software to open/extract .ZIP files, such as Winzip, Enzip, Winrar, etc etc.

    .ZIP support is now native to XP/2K3 and higher...you don't need 3rd party software. You can double click a ZIP file and open it, or right click and have various extract options. You can also natively create ZIP files from a file or more within Windows Explorer now...just by right clicking a file/folder(s) and "send to"..."compressed.." which launches a little wizard.
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    Thank you, You explained it very well and cleared my doubts.

    Those days of WIN98 I had to deal with blotted WinZip software. When XP came out some one confused me that it is not the same extraction, but I always double clicked on any zipped file and didn't have any problems. Anyway I wanted to make sure before I do any critical files such as BIOS ...

    Thank you very much.

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    with WIn 98 , XP and Vista you have the same suffix of compressed file.
    it don't really matters which operating system are you using now,it matters if you have support with the kind of file(i mean,like EXE that you can't open with Linux )

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