Fix Windows Cannot Complete Extraction Error

In this article, I will discuss how to fix the Windows cannot complete extraction error.

Reboot the Computer

To fix the “Windows Cannot Complete Extraction Error,” try rebooting your computer. This simple step can help resolve various software issues that may be causing the error message to appear.

To reboot your computer, simply click on the “Start” menu and select “Restart” from the options. Alternatively, you can press the power button on your computer and choose to restart from the menu that appears.

After your computer has restarted, try to extract the file again to see if the error message persists. Rebooting can often clear temporary glitches and allow the extraction process to complete successfully.

Rename and Shorten the File Name

File folder with a long name

  1. Rename the file with a shorter name
    • Right-click on the file
    • Select “Rename”
    • Type in a shorter name for the file
    • Press Enter to save the new name

Move the File to Another Location

Open File Explorer on your Windows computer.
– Navigate to the folder where the file is located.
Right-click on the file you want to move.
– Select Copy from the dropdown menu.
– Navigate to the destination folder where you want to move the file.
Right-click in the folder and select Paste.
– The file should now be successfully moved to the new location.
– If you encounter any errors during the process, consider using a different file extraction tool like 7-Zip or PeaZip to troubleshoot the issue.

Download a New Copy of the File

First, delete the current file that is causing the error. Then, navigate to the source where you initially downloaded the file from and re-download it.

After downloading the new copy, attempt to extract the file again using a reliable extraction tool such as 7-Zip or PeaZip.

If the error persists, consider running a scan using the System File Checker tool to check for any system file corruption that may be causing the issue.

Perform a Clean Boot

1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.

2. Type “msconfig” and press Enter to open the System Configuration window.

3. In the General tab, select “Selective startup” and uncheck the box next to “Load startup items.”

4. Go to the Services tab, check “Hide all Microsoft services,” then click “Disable all.”

5. Click Apply and OK, then restart your computer to complete the Clean Boot process.

By performing a Clean Boot, you can troubleshoot and fix issues like the “Windows cannot complete extraction” error without any unnecessary software or services running in the background.

Run System File Checker and CHKDSK

To fix the “Windows Cannot Complete Extraction” error, you can try running the System File Checker and CHKDSK tools. To run System File Checker, press the Windows key, type cmd, right-click on Command Prompt, and select Run as administrator. Then, type sfc /scannow and press Enter. This will scan and repair any corrupted system files.

Next, you can run CHKDSK by typing chkdsk C: /f in the Command Prompt and pressing Enter. This will scan and fix any errors on your hard drive. After running these tools, try extracting the file again to see if the error is resolved. If the issue persists, you may need to seek further assistance.

Use Professional Repair Tools and Alternative Software

Computer repair tools and software icons.

If the error persists, it may be necessary to run a disk check to identify and repair any issues with the storage device. Additionally, updating Windows to the latest version can sometimes resolve compatibility issues causing the error.

Check File Extraction with Another Zip File

Ensure the file is not corrupted by checking the integrity of the zip file using the software’s built-in feature or by running a checksum comparison. If the zip file is indeed corrupted, you may need to download the file again to avoid data loss.

If the issue persists, there may be a problem with the file itself or the directory where it is located. Try moving the zip file to a different location on your computer and then attempt extraction to see if that resolves the error.


Why can’t I extract files from a zipped folder?

You can’t extract files from a zipped folder because the ZIP file may be corrupted or incomplete, causing issues for Windows during the extraction process.

Why does my ZIP file say Windows Cannot complete the extraction?

Your ZIP file says “Windows Cannot complete the extraction” because it may be in a protected area. Moving the ZIP file to a user profile subfolder like Downloads or Documents may resolve the issue. If not, the ZIP file could be corrupted.

How do you fix an extraction operation not complete?

To fix an extraction operation not complete, you can try moving the zip file to another location, rebooting the computer, using a professional repair tool to fix zipped file corruption, downloading a new copy, checking if you can open another zip file, and running SFC and CHKDSK.

Why is my ZIP file not responding to extraction?

Your ZIP file may not be responding to extraction because you lack the necessary permissions to access the specific directory where you are trying to extract it. To resolve this issue, try extracting the ZIP file to a different directory with the appropriate permissions.

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