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    Disable Native Zip Support in Windows XP

    Posted on by Daniel Petri in Windows Client OS

    How can I stop Windows XP from showing Zipped files as folders?

    Windows XP will treat Zip files like folders, which is nice if you’ve got a fast machine or if you don’t have a registered version of a good archiving program (such as WinZip, WinRAR, WinACE and so on).

    On slower machines you can make XP leave zip files well alone by going to the RUN command and typing


    If you change your mind later, you can put things back as they were by typing


    BTW, did you ever hear about a strange tool called IEXPRESS.EXE? Try it… Run it from the Run command. You’ll have a nice surprise… It’s strange how these little apps exist inside the Windows OS, yet no one really knows about them and no one ever bothers telling you about them.

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