Windows cannot complete the extraction Solution

Zip file or Rar files are the extensions which help you to compress files and also group the files. While extracting files in windows you might have encounter windows that cannot complete the extraction the destination file could not be created error.

There are multiple software are available on the internet to create as well as extract zip files in windows like Winzip, WinRAR, and 7zip. Windows operating system also has a built-in compression functionality which also serves the same purpose of extracting files but it is very basic and you will get tons of features in third-party software. Previously we had posted a windows error There was a Problem Resetting your PC which was also a troubleshooting tutorial for windows 10.

While performing extraction of files, you might have faced several errors like zip file is invalid windows 10, windows cannot open zip file or windows cannot complete the extraction. If you are annoyed with this error and are in search of how to fix file extraction error then this tutorial is for you.

windows cannot complete the extraction Solution

Windows cannot complete the extraction Solution

Multiple reasons can affect zip files and through compressed zip folder errors in windows. In this troubleshooting guide, we had addressed all the possible reasons for the error and detailed steps to follow and fix the error. So without wasting more time, let’s dive into the methods to fix zip file invalid error.

Change file destination

The folder in which the zip file you are going to extract may be right protected and you don’t have permission to add or delete files from that folder. In this case, you might encounter with the subjected error notification. You can try moving out the file to some other folder that you think is not a write-protected folder and try to extract in that folder.

In most of the case, changing file location had fixed this error especially when you are extracting files in system drive or user profile. Many windows users had reported this method as working.

Try another software to extract folder

Different sofwares are avabliable to compress or zip the file and extract them. As the softwares are different, compression method or the alogrithm can also vary from software to software. Although there is no such resitriction that a file compressed using winzip can’t be extract using WinRar but in some cases it might happed.

If you are facing error while extracting the zip file or compress file, you can try another software and this might fix your error. Here are some of the software which can help you to extract files

File extractor software

  1. Winzip
  2. Winrar
  3. 7-Zip
  4. PeaZip 

Try installing other software and try if you problem is fixed or not. If not, then proceed with the following methods.

Rename file

Files name sometimes causes problems as some software had limitations that they can’t identify file type if special characters are used the file name. Even if your file name is too long, there is a possibility that the software is not able to identify file type as hence you get windows cannot open the folder the compressed zipped folder is invalid.

In these cases, you can rename the file and name the file with a short character with no special character included. Also check that only one. (dot) is present before the file extension type which helps windows to detect which software will help to perform the task

Repair zip files

The file compression process takes time depending upon the number of files and file size. While the task of compression continues and the process is interrupted, it can cause errors. This interruption can cause corrupt the zip file and you will surely get the compressed zip folder is invalid error.

These corrupt files can be repaired and you can find this option in third-party software like WinZip and WinRAR. repair zip file function can help you to fix zip file error and help you to extract the file. Steps to fix zip or RAR files are described below.

Reboot computer

Sometime, the simple solution to fix the complex error is just a reboot. It has been observed that reboot computer had all you need to do is just restart the system and you are done. There may be some problem with the system files which was resposible for the subjected error and with the windows restart, the system files get refreshed and your problem can be fixed.

Perform Clean Boot

Multiple software installed in your system can create a conflict with other and can result in Zip file cannot be extracted error. In that case, you can perform a clean boot of windows. clean boot windows 10 meaning that it will only allow the drivers and software to function which are crucial for Windows to operate. This will eliminate the possibility of software conflicts.

Solution Exist had covered how to perform clean boot windows in Modern setup high cpu usage error in windows 10. So you can follow the detailed step written there and you can check whether clean boot windows help you to fix windows errors.

Now if all the above steps found ineffective to fix your problem then the only problem that we are left with is the zip file is corrupted.

Corrupt file / folder

Error while compression can be because of the corrupt file. If you had compressed any file or folder then you must be aware that compression of file takes time. The time of compression depends on the type of compression method you had to opt for. The slowest methods provide maximum compression and less file size. There may be a possibility that the compression process gets interrupted while results in a corrupt zip file.

If the zip file created is corrupt, you will definitely get an error. So in that case, you need to get a fresh copy of the zip file or download a fresh compressed file. File copying process if interrupted can also make the file corrupt. So you can try downloading the file / again copy the file from the source and check if the file is working or not.

FAQ – zip file invalid

What do you do if a zip file won’t open?

If zip file is not opening, you can try different software alternatives which can help you to extract file. There are couple of methods you can follow listed here that can help you to fix zip file errors.

Why is my zip file invalid?

If you are getting zip file is invalid then there is a possibility that your zip file is corrupt. In that case, you need to download a fresh copy of the file.

Can’t Extract zipped Files with Windows 10

Reasons like corrupt file, software conflict, write protection folder can be the reason why you are facing can’t extract zip files in windows 10.

Wrapping Up

These were the detailed methods to fix windows that cannot complete the extraction the destination file could not be created an error that you might encounter while extractive the zip file. If you have any other doubts regarding compressed zip folder error windows then feel free to use the comment section, we will help you to fix it. You can follow us on Facebook i.e. Solution Exist and also can join our Facebook Group Android And Windows Errors Solution where we discuss Android and windows solutions.

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Ronak Prajapati the Founder of Solution Exist is a Chemical Engineer by profession and a Self-trained AndroGeek who is a Part-Time blogger. He is a passionate tech blogger who likes to share his knowledge and helpd to troubleshoot problems of computers and PC.

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