Tuesday, January 25, 2011

How do I disable zip folders in Windows 7?

I have not being posting any tutorial for a long long time, in fact I forgot which one was it the last one. :P Anyway you still can find it here.

Okay back to today's topic, if you are using Windows 7 (any version), you do notice that the zip files (and cab files) are being listed as a folder in Windows Explorer. Although some find it useful, I find it very annoying, because it make the folders tree looks clustered, just simply annoying. So if you want to disable it, here is what you can do.

Note: back up your registry first.

Okay here we go (You can delete directly for Windows Vista and do a reboot without the steps below):
The following two (2) keys need to be deleted fromthe registry:
For zip files delete the regkey
For cab files delete

When you try to delete them, you will almost certainly get an "access denied" or "failed" type of message. Before you can delete them, you need to change the permissions/ownership of these two keys. Here is how to do it:

01 - open regedit from the RUN console

02 - navigate to the first key that needs to be deleted (HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{E88DCCE0- B7B3-11d1-A9F0-00AA0060FA31})

03 - right click on the key and select "Permissions"

04 - click on "Advanced"

05 - click on the "Ownership" tab

06 - in the "change owner to" section, highlight your username

07 - check the box for "replace owner on subcontainers and objects"

08 - click on "Apply"

09 - Click "OK"

10 - Under "Security" tab, highlight your username and check the box for "Allow Full Control" (located mid-menu in the "Permissions For Administrators" section)

11 - click "Apply" and "OK"

12 - you can now delete the registry key. MAKE SURE YOU ARE ON THE CORRECT KEY!

13 - repeat the process for the 2nd key.

14 - reboot (changes will NOT take effect until you reboot


16 - thanks to the original solvers of this problem, whomever they may be.

Have a nice week ahead!

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Source: social.technet.microsoft.com

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