Microsoft KB Archive/102872

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EXPAND.EXE is Compressed on Windows NT Media

Article ID: 102872

Article Last Modified on 10/31/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1

This article was previously published under Q102872


The EXPAND.EXE file found on the distribution disks and CD-ROM of Windows NT and Windows NT Advanced Server is compressed; therefore, it cannot be used to expand files.


  • If you can restart (reboot) into MS-DOS, you may be able to use EXPAND.EXE from the MS-DOS directory or Windows 3.1 directory to expand files from the Windows NT disks or CD-ROM. -or-

  • You may also find EXPAND.EXE on one of the following Setup disks:

                                     3.5 (1.44K)  5.25 (1.2K)
       Operating System              Disk #       Disk #
       MS-DOS 6.0                    1            1
       Windows 3.1                   3            3
       Windows for Workgroups 3.1    6            8

For more information on how to use EXPAND.EXE, query on the following words in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

expanding and original and win3 and compressed

Additional query words: wfw wfwg prodnt

Keywords: kbsetup KB102872