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Disable Native Zip Support in Windows XP

Daniel Petri

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How can I stop Windows XP from showing Zipped files as folders?
Windows XP will treat Zip files like folders, which is nice if you’ve got a fast machine or if you don’t have a registered version of a good archiving program (such as WinZip, WinRAR, WinACE and so on).

On slower machines you can make XP leave zip files well alone by going to the RUN command and typing

regsvr32 /u zipfldr.dll

If you change your mind later, you can put things back as they were by typing

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regsvr32 zipfldr.dll

BTW, did you ever hear about a strange tool called IEXPRESS.EXE? Try it… Run it from the Run command. You’ll have a nice surprise… It’s strange how these little apps exist inside the Windows OS, yet no one really knows about them and no one ever bothers telling you about them.

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