How to Fix 0x80004005 Error When Trying to Open/Extract Zip Files (Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10)

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If you’re using Windows build-in ZIP handler, you’ll probably get 0x80004005 error while trying to open/extract particular ZIP files. This might happen in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10.

The most common reason for this situation is the unsupported encryption type used for creating ZIP file. It looks like every other ZIP archive, you can view its content but when you try to extract or edit some of the archived files… You end up with 0x80004005 error

 

If you’re experiencing this error under entirely different circumstances, click HERE to see the list of all possible scenarios including 0x80004005 error code.

 

An unexpected error is keeping you from copying the file.
If you continue to receive this error, you can use the error code to search for help with this problem
Error 0x80004005: Unspecified error

 

Sometimes, in the same situation, for a same reason, you might also get a more basic error window:

 

Compressed (zipped) Folders Error:
Windows cannot complete the extraction. The destination file could not be created.

 

If this is the situation, there’s probably no way to fix it. Windows build-in ZIP handler has a very limited functionality and it is highly recommended to avoid using it.  Install some third-party software such as 7-zip or WinRAR and you’ll be able to handle any compressed archive without any issues. 

Anyway, if you are persistent to fix Windows ZIP handler or if you are not willing to install any third-party software for some reason, there’s a simple FIX you could try to get rid of 0x80004005 error.

This solution will help only if the error was caused due to corrupted system DLL files responsible for handling ZIP archives. Although this particular situation happens very rarely, the workaround procedure is completely harmless and well worth giving it a shot. Follow these steps:

1  Go to the start menu and type “cmd” into the search box.

2  Right click on the first result and select “Run as administrator“. 

3  Type cd C:\windows\System32 and press ENTER

4  Type regsvr32 jscript.dll and press ENTER

5  Type regsvr32 vbscript.dll and press ENTER