Disable Windows native ZIP support

May 9, 2006 on 4:11 pm | In General | 2 Comments

I’ve just done a complete re-install on my machine due to a motherboard going to computer heaven after a storm last month.

Needless to say I’m configuring Windows to the way I like it again, and Windows XP’s native ZIP support where it thinks ZIP files are folders really gets up my nose.

ZIP files are archives, and should be treated as such, not like folders. You notice the difference when you have lots of ZIP files in a folder, and Windows Explorer just chokes while it’s looking into all of them.

To disable this painfull feature of Windows XP do this (you’ll thank me later).

Start, Run, and type this “regsvr32 /u zipfldr” (without the quotes) and hit enter.

To enable them again (for whatever reason) Start, Run, and “regsvr32 zipfldr”

Of course this is assuming that you have a 3rd party ZIP program like, WinRAR or WinZIP


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  1. Does this mean that Windows search won’t search for files within archives, though? That’s what I find it valuable for.

    I dunno — I’m not sure I noticed that it took longer to open a folder full of zip files…

    Comment by Judy Kettenhofen — June 13, 2006 #

  2. Possibly not, never thought of the search. But when you get a lot of ZIP files with a lot of files inside them, and the system really struggles with it.

    In my case the delay was unacceptable so the fix was needed.

    Comment by aarond — June 13, 2006 #

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