XP handling of ZIP files

By gbhall
Dec 16, 2006
  1. One things always annoying is how long XP takes to 'show' a USB drive in Explorer when that drive has 10-20 Zip files on it.

    I think this is to do with XP being able to 'see' inside zip files and also able to display the contents in explorer as if they were in sub-directories. So the first time I try to explore a USB drive, Windows spends a long time internally uncompressing those files.

    I want to stop this. I want zip files to just show as zip files and not to be processed in any way whatever by windows - I've got Winzip for that. Hopefully that would speed explorer up greatly.

    Anybody know if there is a setting or registry tweak for this?
  2. Sjbrand99

    Sjbrand99 Banned Posts: 260

    If as you say, you use Winzip, then you could stop windows doing this by using a different archive compressor format. As far as I know, there is no registry change that can fix your problem, and even if there was, your better option would be mine:

    Instead of .zip files, compress them into .rar files. The compression is better and files smaller, and the program that does this best is totally free. It is called 7-Zip. Google it for a download. It does also unzip .zip files and many more formats (alot more than winzip) so i was you i would change to this program.

    Hope this helps!
  3. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,423   +77

    thanks for the idea

    Interesting idea, I will give it a try. Slight problem in that zips are readable on any XP computer but presumably I would have to first install 7-zip on every PC I might want to transfer to.
  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    You can stop XP from using its internal zip feature by running regsvr32 /u zipfldr.
  5. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,423   +77

    thanks a lot

    Mictlantecuhtli, that is expertise. Can you also answer this one?

    IE7 saving a website page is defaulting to .mht format instead of .htm.

    Even worse, the choice taken is not 'sticky' even within the same session. Really annoying.....

    I actually do need the htm format as default, so can anyone tell me how to change the default entry for saved pages?
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