The Compressed Zipped Folder Is Invalid? | Here’s How to Fix It

Why the Compressed Zipped Folder Is Invalid

To fix the compressed zip folder is invalid error, it’s important to figure out what cause the problem. After analyzing extensive user reports, we find this error message can appear when the zip folder/file is in the following several scenarios:

  • The zip folder/file is corrupted: If the Windows Explorer and compressions software like WinRAR/7 Zip can extract all other zip folders, it may indicate that your current zip folder is corrupted.
  • The zip folder/file contains a virus or malware: If you download the zip folder from an unknown or unofficial website, the folder may contain a virus and throw the compressed (zipped) folder is invalid error.
  • The compression software gets glitched: Sometimes the compression software itself is also responsible for the “zip file is invalid” error.

How to Fix the Compressed Zipped Folder Is Invalid Error

There are 8 applicable solutions to the zip file is invalid error. You can try them in order until the error gets fixed or select the one based on your scenario.

# 1. Reinstall the Compression Software

Some users have proven that the compressed (zipped) folder is invalid error can be fixed simply by reinstalling the compression software. It’s worth having a try.

# 2. Repair the Zipped Compressed Folder

If the folder gets corrupted, you will receive the compressed zip folder is invalid error message. In this case, you can repair the corrupt zip file using CMD or WinRAR.

  1. Select the corrupted zip file and click on Repair. Alternatively, locate the corrupt zip file, right-click it and select Open with WinRAR, and then click on Tools at the toolbar and select Repair archive.
  2. Click on Browse to select a destination path to store the repaired zip file and click on OK.

# 3. Use Another Different Compression Software

Some affected users report that they manage to fix the zip file is invalid error by using a different compression utility like 7-Zip. You can click here to download an appropriate version of 7-Zip, and then follow the on-screen prompts to install it on your system.

# 4. Change the Compressed Path

If you are unzipping a file/folder with a long path that exceeds the Windows max path, you may receive the compressed zipped folder is invalid error. To fix it, follow the steps below to change the compressed path.

# 5. Extend the Partition to Extract the Zipped Folder

If you are decompressing an extremely huge file/folder on a drive that doesn’t have enough space, the compressed (zipped) folder is invalid error could occur. In this case, we recommend you extend the partition where the extracted file will be stored.

# 6. Extract the Zipped Folder on an NTFS Drive

If you get the “zip file is invalid” error when trying to zip a file that is over 4GB in size, we recommend you check if the partition you perform the operation on is FAT32. This is because the max file size of a FAT32 partition is 4GB. If it is, you can fix the error by performing the operation on an NTFS drive.

# 7. Use a Different Browser to Re-download the Folder

In some cases, the compressed folder is invalid error happens on these files/folders that are downloaded in Internet Explorer and Edge. If this scenario applied to you, you can try downloading the files in Google Chrome or Opera. This solution may seem strange but it’s indeed useful and worth trying.

# 8. Scan the Zipped Folder for Virus

If you get the zip file/folder from unofficial or other unknown websites, the file/folder may contain a virus or malware, causing the zip folder is invalid error. So, we recommend you perform a virus scan.

Have a Try Now

Here comes the end of this post. If you have any better solutions to the compressed (zipped) folder is invalid error, please write them down in the comment area. Of course, you can directly send us an email to [email protected] if you have difficulties in using MiniTool Partition Wizard.


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