Windows cannot complete the extraction error in Windows 10/8/7

If you receive a Windows cannot complete the extraction error when trying to extract the contents of a zipped compressed file o your Windows PC, followed by either – The destination file could not be created, The destination path is too long, or The compressed zipped folder is invalid message, then this post shows what you can do to get around it.

Windows cannot complete the extraction

Windows cannot complete the extraction

If you receive this error while trying to compress a file, or extract the contents of a zipped file, using the built-in Windows File Explorer compression functionality, here are a few things you could try.

1] Restart your PC and try again,

2] Rename the file and then try to extract its contents.

3] Maybe the file location is protected so move the file and then try again. You could move the Zip file into one of your user profile folders, like Documents and then try to extract the files. If you are unable to move the file due to long path name, you may make use of the freeware Long Path Fixer Tool.

4] Perhaps the download has become corrupted. Download a fresh copy in another location and see if that helps you.

5] Perform a Clean Boot and see if you can complete the extraction. If you can, then maybe some 3rd-party process is interfering. In this case, you will have to manually troubleshoot and identify the offender.

6] Run the System File Checker. Maybe some system file has got corrupted. SFC will replace possible corrupted files with good ones.

7] If all fails, use a third-party free File Compression Software and use it to extract the contents of the zip file – or to compress files and folders.

Let us know if anything helped or if you have other ideas.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.