The process of extracting files from an archive in Windows is relatively straightforward and can be accomplished through a few simple steps.
1. First, locate the compressed or “zipped” folder or file that you wish to extract files from. This may be stored on your hard drive, a local network, or even a USB drive.
2. Right-click on the file or folder containing the archive and select “Extract All…” from the menu that appears.
3. A window will appear prompting you to specify where you would like to extract the files. If you wish to extract the files to the same location as the original archive, click the “Extract” button at the bottom of this window. Otherwise, click the “Browse” button and select the desired folder you wish to extract to.
4. After selecting either “Extract” or “Browse”, a progress bar will appear as the files are extracted. Depending on the size of the archive, this may take several minutes to complete. Once finished, the files will be located in the folder you specified.
5. If you need to access the files you have extracted, you can locate them in the folder where they were extracted.
In some circumstances, you may find that the archive contains a passworded file or folder. In this situation, you will need to enter the correct password to gain access to the files contained within.
It is also worth noting that if the archive is created in a file format that is incompatible with your version of Windows, such as Mac OS X or Linux, you will not be able to extract the files contained within. In this case, you will need to either convert the archive to a compatible format, or obtain a compatible unarchiving program.
Overall, extracting files from an archive in Windows is a relatively simple process. By following the steps outlined above, most users should be able to extract files and folders quickly and easily.