How to Fix Not Able to Open ZIP File Error on Windows 10?


ZIP is a popular compressed file format used among most of the computer users to save, transfer and encrypt important files. To create and unzip a bunch of files from ZIP, there are several utilities are available over the internet such as WinZip, 7-Zip, WinRAR and various others. Compressing files into ZIP format will reduce the actual file size so that it can be stored in very small memory space. Due to this, it reduces the effort of transferring large files over the network since all the files can be sent as a single ZIP file. Unluckily, in some instances, the ZIP files become invalid and report error messages that cause inaccessibility to the valuable files.  

A user scenario-

I got a Zip file from as an email attachment. I download it on my Windows 10 system to extract its contents. When I tried to open it by using WinRAR, then I got an error message like “The compressed (zipped) folder is invalid”. I also tried to download the same ZIP file again, but even then the error persists. Please help to resolve this error with the ZIP file on Windows 10 computer?

Upon encountering the ZIP error compressed file is invalid, you can’t open the ZIP file Windows 10 system at any attempt. The file extraction fails with this error because of corruption or damages to the RAR archives. The most common causes for ZIP file not opening issue:

  • ZIP file of its header corruption
  • Harmful virus attack to ZIP folder or a single file compressed within ZIP 
  • Malfunctioning of the application that is used to create/open ZIP archives
  • Occurrence of interruption while downloading a ZIP file

How to fix ZIP files that can't be opened?

It is possible to open the damaged ZIP archives on Windows 10 easily with the help of WinRAR Repair software. It is a read-only tool that uses rigorous algorithms to scan the RAR archives to create a healthy .zip file without compromising the original data. This tool can also resolve CRC errors, unknown format error, access denied error, etc. with the ZIP and RAR archives. In order to know how to fix an invalid RAR file, check this link: http://www.winrarrepair.net/file-after-invalid-rar-file-error.html

Amazing Features of the WinRAR Repair Program  

  • Fixes ZIP, ZIPX, and RAR archives
  • Runs on all Windows OS editions
  • Offers great convenience in repairing .zip files
  • Supports recovery of large-sized ZIP files
  • Performs fixture of even the password-protected ZIP archives

Steps to Fix Can’t Open Zip File on Windows 10

Step 1: After launching the WinRAR software, open the home screen as shown in the below figure.

Can’t Open Zip File Windows 10 - Home Screen

Figure 1: Home Screen

Step 2: Use the Browse button to specify the ZIP file that is not opening and click on the "Repair" button.

Repair Corrupted Zip File on Windows 10 - Select WinRAR File

Figure 2: Select the ZIP File

Step 3: Mention the output folder location to save the fixed ZIP file. Press on the "Save" option.

Repair Invalid Zip File - Save Repaired WinRAR File

Figure 3: Save the Repaired ZIP File