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Disable Windows built in ZIP support

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/06/14

Once every while, I come across an environment where the built-in ZIP support is enabled.

This often is a pain when searching files; searching ZIP files takes very much longer than not.
But sometimes you want to search within ZIP files, so then you need to enable it.

Luckily the top search for disable zip support reveals how to:

Disable ZIP support

regsvr32 /u %windir%\system32\zipfldr.dll

Enable ZIP support

regsvr32 %windir%\system32\zipfldr.dll

–jeroen

Via: Disable Windows XP’s Built In Zip support.

2 Responses to “Disable Windows built in ZIP support”

  1. Pieciešams said

    More safe proof seems option to disable just that search function:

    ; don’t search in Cab files
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{0CD7A5C0-9F37-11CE-AE65-08002B2E1262}\ShellFolder]
    ;”Attributes”=dword:680001a0 ; use this to restore original
    “Attributes”=dword:00000000

    ; don’t search Zip files
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{E88DCCE0-B7B3-11d1-A9F0-00AA0060FA31}\ShellFolder]
    ;”Attributes”=dword:200001a0 ; use this to restore original
    “Attributes”=dword:00000000

    I usually combine this with [search in unknown file types as plain text]
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ContentIndex]
    “FilterFilesWithUnknownExtensions”=dword:00000001

    and change 13 instances of html search filter to plain text filter, so it won’t miss comments and Summary data, etc..
    Like:
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.html\PersistentHandler]
    ;@=”{eec97550-47a9-11cf-b952-00aa0051fe20}” ; use this to restore original
    @=”{5e941d80-bf96-11cd-b579-08002b30bfeb}”

    • jpluimers said

      Thanks for your suggestion; it looks a bit more complicated, but is actually easy:
      just import the registry entries you mention from a .REG file.

      Do you have any experience with the new Windows Search (which fails to find a lot of files that 2003/XP/2000 and before just found)?

      –jeroen

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