How to Open Zip Files on Vista

By Michael Dance

In the past, you needed a special program, such as WinZip, to open \"zipped\" (compressed) folders. But with Windows Vista, the function comes built-in for most types of compressed files.

Step 1

Double-click on the zip folder with the zipped file inside. A window should pop up with the file or files inside.

Step 2

Click \"Extract All Files\" in the top options bar. The extraction wizard will pop up.

Step 3

Select where you want the files to be extracted to. By default, Vista will extract them to a folder that has the same name as the zip folder, in the same location. If a folder by that name does not exist, Vista will create one.

Step 4

Click \"Extract.\"

Step 5

Your files will be uncompressed.