Compressed Files???

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by ronenph1, Sep 14, 2003.

  1. ronenph1

    ronenph1 Guest

    Hey everybody

    Windows XP compressed some of my old files after I chose the Disk Cleanup.

    Now, the compressed files are colored Blue.

    I wanted to know,
    If I burn them now on CD for Backup, will they work on ANY computer?

    Or are they suitable for only some versions of Windows?

    Is there a way to Un-Compress them?

    Please help..
  2. JJB6486

    JJB6486 Retired Mod Political User

    West Lafayette, IN, USA
    They will only stay compressed when on an NTFS formatted drive. Burning them to a CD or moving them to any local non-NTFS volume will decompress them.

  3. yoyo

    yoyo _________________

    To uncompress the files either use the compact /u command from a command window. You can use wildcards there (compact /u *.*).
    Or select one or several files then right click > properties > attributes - advanced > uncheck "compress contents to save disc space".
    Copying (not moving) the file to another location also removes the compression.