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I have a zip file results.zip. It contains two folders that contain a bunch of zip files -- PASS/test1.zip, FAIL/test2.zip, FAIL/test3.zip.

On linux it is trivial to unzip these in a couple of steps:

$ unzip results.zip
$ echo FAIL/*.zip PASS/*.zip | xargs -n1 unzip

Some windows users complain that it is cumbersome to unzip all the files on windows. (There are dozens of zips inside the main zip.) Is there a mechanism that would allow them to expand the contents of all of the files at once?

Some customer boxes are newer, but there are many that are still using WinXP.

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Give them unzip.exe and a batch script like

unzip results.zip
for %%i in (FAIL\*.zip PASS\*.zip) do unzip %%i
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Also check out stackoverflow.com/q/8976287/116891 –  Pat Sep 13 '13 at 17:02
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Try ExtractNow. I haven't tested this feature myself, but it does claim to support it.

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See this

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Compression-tools/Multi-Unpacker.shtml

"Nested archive handling (recursively extract archives that were packed in other archives)."

OS: Windows 2K / XP / 2003 / Vista

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This appears to be nonfunctional. Pointed it at a folder with a zip archive as described above (with ~60 archives inside), and it says it extracted 2 archives. No output seen on the disk. –  bstpierre Oct 27 '10 at 1:16
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