Instead of using Right-Click/Send To/Compress (Zipped) Folder.
I am using Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition.
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Although I would recommend using 7-zip as tj111 recommended, to use the built in folder compression use the compact.exe command. This is installed in the \windows\system32 folder on Windows XP. See
compact.exe /? for command line reference.
I just saw this on ServerFault.com:
It's not built in to windows, but it's in the resource kit
COMPRESS [-R] [-D] [-S] [ -Z | -ZX ] Source Destination COMPRESS -R [-D] [-S] [ -Z | -ZX ] >Source [Destination]
Description: Compresses one or more files.
Parameter List: -R Rename compressed files.
-D Update compressed files only if out of date.
-S Suppress copyright information.
-ZX LZX compression. This is default compression.
-Z MS-ZIP compression.
Source Source file specification. Wildcards may be used.
Destination Destination file | path specification. Destination may be a directory. If >Source is multiple files and -r is not specified, Destination must be a directory.
Examples: COMPRESS temp.txt compressed.txt COMPRESS -R . COMPRESS -R *.exe *.dll >compressed_dir
however, this is not about the 'built-in windows file compression tool', you'll have to download 2 executables (zip and unzip, free)
I use Info-Zip (open source zip/unzip command line utility) and in order to increase the speed of my windows searches, gzip the resulting zip files.