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 95 / NT4 - Can by default not open archives as compressed folders.
- Windows 98 / 2000 - Supports cab files by default, but not zip files.
- Windows Me / XP / 2003 - Supports cab and zip files by default.
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:
More info MS KB197144
More info MS KB306531