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Can you zip a file from the command prompt using ONLY Windows' built-in capability to zip files?

Is there a way to zip a file (or group of files) from the command line using Windows 2003? I'd prefer to use built-in commands if possible.

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I'm not sure it's possible to do it from the command line using only built-in commands. But you can use 7-Zip from the command line; the great thing about 7-Zip is that it's free and open-source.

Here's a quick tutorial on using the 7-Zip CLI. Hope this helps you out!

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I'm a fan of 7-zip. Annoying that I need a 3rd party tool to do what Windows can do natively via UI. –  user2367 Sep 5 '09 at 4:30
    
It's strange indeed. But the Windows zip functionality is not great. It's incredibly slow to archive or unarchive something using the built in tools (from what I remember, it's an order of magnitude slower compared to WinRar or 7-Zip). –  alex Sep 5 '09 at 6:24
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Using zip and unzip on the Windows command line

And no, you can't use the 'integrated' Windows ZIP functionality from the commandline.

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Actually, it can be done with built-in Windows commands (much to my surprise, I had pretty much concluded the same as Molly7244).

A very tricky (but perfectly workable) method is described in this other question:

Can you zip a file from the command prompt using ONLY Windows' built-in capability to zip files?

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