Configure zip and cab files as compressed folders

Compressed folders is a shell extension for Windows Explorer, which makes it possible to open compressed files like they were ordinary folders in Windows Explorer. Currently zip- and cab-archives are capable of being opened like a compressed folder. Windows XP / 2003 extends the functionality of compressed folders by allowing the file search to open and look through zip and cab archives. This can slow down the file search significantly, so if already using a different utility to handle compressed files, then one can consider to disable the compressed folders functionality.

To disable the compressed folder functionality use these commands (reboot after executing the commands):

regsvr32 /u cabview.dll
regsvr32 /u zipfldr.dll

To enable the compressed folder functionality again use these commands:

regsvr32 cabview.dll
regsvr32 zipfldr.dll

More info MS KB197144
More info MS KB306531

Updated: 23 September 2007

Comments:

  1. Punit says:

    Thanks. This helped!

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