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How to fix Decompression Failed with error code -14?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

Decompression failed with error code-14 is an error that can occur when decompressing files. This error can occur for a number of reasons, but most often it is caused by incorrect or incomplete decompression software, or by using the wrong decompression software for the file type.

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1. Check the file path for the compressed file

2.Type the following command and press Enter C:> CD C: 3.Type the following command and press Enter C:> decompress c: 4.If the decompression fails with error code-14, then the file path is incorrect. You will need to locate and correct the file path.

2. Check the file permissions for the compressed file

  1. In Windows Explorer, browse to the compressed file.
  2. Double-click the compressed file to open it.
  3. If the file is compressed using the Windows Deflate algorithm, the file permissions will be listed in the lower window.
  4. If the file is compressed using the LZW algorithm, the file permissions will be listed in the lower window with an "LZW compressed file" label.
  5. To fix decompression failed with error code-14, change the file permissions to be 755 for the compressed file.

3. Check the file size of the compressed file

  1. Open the compressed file in a text editor
  2. Copy the entire contents of the file to the clipboard
  3. Paste the contents of the clipboard into a new file
  4. Save the new file with a different name
  5. Open the new file in a text editor
  6. Copy the entire contents of the file to the clipboard
  7. Paste the contents of the clipboard into a new file
  8. Save the new file with a different name
  9. Open the new file in a decompression program
  10. Check the file size. If the file size is incorrect, click on the "Fix decompression failed with error code-14" button to correct the problem.

If the answers above didn't work then you should also try:

  1. Extract the files to a different directory.
  2. Use a different extraction program.
  3. Check the integrity of the compressed file.
  4. Repair the compressed file.
  5. Re-download the compressed file.