Error Message when Compressing Files in Windows 7

When trying to use Compressed (zipped) Folder in Windows 7 you get the error message

“includes characters that cannot be used in a compressed folder

First thing to do would be to check for any unrecognized characters in file / folder names of the files you wish to compress. You can rename them to resolve this issue.

But if this is not an unrecognized character; but instead a language different from you PC Default; there are two things you can do

  • If renaming the file name or folder is ok for you as well as the recipient who expects to recieve your compressed file; you can proceed with the same
  • Or else; an easy option would to be use either WinRAR or 7-Zip to do the compress operation and restore all the characters in the file and folder names
  • If you prefer using the default Compressed (zipped) Folder option; you would need to change the System Locale under Control Panel – Region and Languages – Administrative and add the required language. This is a far fetched exercise and not really recommended unless it is a very regular of you dealing with files or folder names that are non-english
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About Sunil Padmanabhan

An Indian based out of Dubai who started traveling from 2011 and pretty much caught the travel bug. Every year presents itself as an opportunity to visit and explore a new place.

Posted on August 25, 2013, in 32 Bit, 64 Bit, Windows, Windows 7 and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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