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Windows ME Compressed Folders

In addition to viewing the Compressed CAB-files/Folders (introduced in Windows 98 SE),
the Windows ME Explorer is able to handle Compressed Folders, based on ZIP-files.

To be able to use this functionality, make sure that the option is installed:
( you can verify/install it from the Control-Panel in the applet: "Add/Remove Programs", tab: "Windows Setup",
under "System Tools" as "Compressed Folders" )

Any ZIP-file is then displayed using the "Compressed Folder" icon: and files can be
copied from and to the ZIP-file using Explorer Copy/Paste or Drag-and-Drop.

Example: the ZIP-files containing the download files of this website:

When clicking/double-clicking on such a ZIP-file, the content of the ZIP-file is displayed like
a folder, including subfolders in case the ZIP-file includes the filename with path-information
(compare the Windows ME Compressed Folder view above to the display of the Win32 PKZIP for Windows below:)

You can create a "New"
"Compressed Folder",
which creates a ZIP-file
compatible with other
When you receive a ZIP-file
protected with a password,
you can view the names of the
files in the ZIP-file, but once you
like to use a file
(in this example
I used the Edit-menu to "Select All"
files and then to drag the files to a
new location)
then you are prompted to enter
the password.

ZIP-compressed folders are better supported
CAB-compressed folders :

When double-clicking a file inside a ZIP-file,
the file is automatically copied to the
Windows-TEMP-directory, from where
it is then used by the application program
(like in the example below, where the
INDEX.HTM-file is displayed by the
Internet Explorer).

But as you can see in the example:
only the selected file is copied to the
TEMP-directory, not any other files
also required, like in this example the
GIF-files, now missing in the
Internet Explorer display.

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