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What is a Microsoft Windows Cabinet File? - KB Article - 162653

Cabinet files are compressed packages containing a number of related 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, please reference the following article from the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

Article ID: Q129605 Title: “How to Extract Original Compressed Windows Files”

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Article ID: Q253676 Title: “Description and Explanation of a Cabinet File“

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Last Date Modified: 04/15/2016 03:42 PM

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