COMPRESS (2003 Resource Kit)

Compress one or more files.

      COMPRESS [-R] [-D] [-S] [ -Z | -ZX ] Source Destination

      COMPRESS -R [-D] [-S] [ -Z | -ZX ] Source [Destination]

   -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   -D   Update compressed files only if out of date.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 can be used.

        Destination file | path specification.
        Destination can be a directory.   

If Source is multiple files and -r is not specified, Destination must be a directory.


COMPRESS demo.txt compressed.txt


COMPRESS -R *.exe *.dll compressed_dir

“In art, truth and reality begin when one no longer understands what one is doing or what one knows, and when there remains an energy that is all the stronger for being constrained, controlled and compressed” ~ Henri Matisse


Zip a file - using only built-in Batch/VBS commands (
COMPACT - Compress files or folders on an NTFS partition.
MAKECAB - Create .CAB files.

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