Microsoft KB Archive/253676

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Description and Explanation of a Cabinet File

Article ID: 253676

Article Last Modified on 1/27/2007


  • Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition

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This article describes cabinet (.cab) files.


Cabinet files are compressed packages containing a number of related files. The format of a cabinet file is optimized for maximum compression. Cabinet files on the Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows 98 Second Edition CD-ROMs contain the actual Windows files.

You can extract individual files from the cabinet files to replace missing or corrupted files. For additional information about how to extract individual files from the cabinet files, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

129605 How to Extract Original Compressed Windows Files

Additional query words: corrupt

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