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    Cannot compress files (XP SP2)

    I am unable to compress files in Windows Explorer. When I right click a file I do not get the option of "Send to Compressed (zipped) Folder". This has happened after a software problem that required me to repair my OS. The same problem also resulted in the disappearance of the "Add/Remove programs" in Control panel but that was solved when I did the OS repair. I suspect that the answer is reformat and start again but can anyone offer something less stressful?

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    Re: Cannot compress files (XP SP2)

    A quick Google brings up the following:

    Click Start, Run, type this command:<pre>rundll32 zipfldr.dll,RegisterSendto</pre>

    and press Enter. Worth a try?
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    Re: Cannot compress files (XP SP2)

    Thanks for the suggestion. I did this and still have the problem. I checked that the zipfldr.dll file is in the Windows/System32 folder and there are also entries in the registry. Any ideas?

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    Re: Cannot compress files (XP SP2)

    How about this one?

    Or this one? In fact, have a look in your Cocuments and Settings<yourusername>Send To folder and you should find something like the the graphic below. The "compressed" file looks like this in DIR:<pre>11/08/2004 18:13 0 Compressed (zipped) Folder.ZFSendToTarget</pre>

    and it is a zero-byte file.
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    Re: Cannot compress files (XP SP2)

    I checked the location of the Send to folder where you said it should be under my profile and it was not there. However, there was a Send to folder under the Administrator User Name so I copied it from there to my profile and the compress option works now. The weird thing is that under my username I am the administrator on my PC and yet there is another profile called administrator. I have full administrator privileges so I am confused. I suspect that the "minor software problem" I had messed other things up that I will only discover in time and therefore I may be back here with more problems!

    Thank you very much for your speedy replies and solution.

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    Re: Cannot compress files (XP SP2)

    There is usually a user called "Administrator" which has administrator privileges.

    You can set up many users with administrator privileges!

    I'm glad your problem is now solved.
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    Re: Cannot compress files (XP SP2)

    Edited by HansV to crop picture - it was very wide

    Absolutely correct. Most people call it the built-in administrator. See attached example.
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