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    Zip File Compressed Folders
    How to Turn Compressed Folders On or Off in Vista
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    Zip File Compressed Folders

    How to Turn Compressed Folders On or Off in Vista

    information   Information
    By default, Vista handles ZIP files like folders. This will show you how to turn on or off the ability for Windows Explorer to treat Compressed Folders like a normal folder and open and view it the same way (on), or like a file (off). For example, ZIP files show up under the folder tree (like folders) in Windows Explorer. Vista will look inside of the ZIP files when doing searches, causing it to take longer to finish the search sometimes. If you have another 3rd party ZIP program (WinZip, 7-Zip, etc.), then this can be an annoyance to you and you may want to turn this feature off.
    Note   Note
    Compressed Folders is turned on by default on Vista.
    warning   Warning
    If you are not using a 3rd party ZIP program, that may or may not support Compressed Folders in Windows Explorer below, then you will also need to make sure that you have the default ZIP handler enabled.

    For how see: How to Restore the Built-in ZIP File Support in Vista


    EXAMPLE: Compressed Folders On
    Note   Note
    When on, ZIP folder contents show in the folder tree and window pane. Windows Explorer will still offer to Extract All files on the toolbar at the top.





    OPTION ONE

    How to Turn Compressed Folders Off

    1. Click on the Download button below this and save the file Vistaunzip.reg file to your DESKTOP.
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    2. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

    3. Click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted.

    4. Restart the computer to apply the changes.

    5. You can delete the vistaunzip.reg file after you have confirmed Compressed Folders is off if you like.





    OPTION TWO

    How to Turn Compressed Folders On

    1. Click on the Download button below this and save the file vistazip.reg to your DESKTOP.
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    2. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

    3. Click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted.

    4. Restart your computer to apply changes.

    5. You can delete the vistazip.reg file when you have confirmed Compresed Folders is on if you like.
    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Re: Zip File Compressed Folders

    G'Day Shawn,

    General intro;
    First of all, I would like to thank-you for all of the most informative and enlightening Tutorials that bear your authorship. Always clear, concise, easy to understand and follow. I only wish that I had been told of this great Forum when I dived into the Laptop/PC Pool and started using a Computer for the first time ever, in June of 07.

    This Forum resource is so rich in advice and information, that I have given details of it to the Retail Outlet from where I purchased my Laptop, and since then, two principal Salesmen have become Members, and also give out details of it, to Customers either buying, or enquiring about Vista systems.

    That said, to business on this issue;
    At the start of my Computer journey [and in many ways, even still] I find it hard to get my head around the process that takes place with Zipped Files, and how to manage them.

    That said, an early experience with a Winzip Free Trial, left me totally confused as it seemed to me that Winzip had taken over and swamped my entire File System.

    Because I couldn't [and still don't] fully understand the nuances of the Winzip system and its management, I uninstalled the whole thing, and did not take up a subscription with them at that time.

    In reading this Tutorial I discover to my pleasure, that the Vista system has a pre-installed Zip File system, although mine had 'gone bush', probably at the time that I uninstalled Winzip. From that time onwards, I could not open any Zipped Files as I kept getting Error messages;
    "Cannot start Winzip. Required file winzip.chm was not found....etc.", all of which confused me further.

    Today I have downloaded and run both of the options of this post, and find that the Installed Vista Zip system has been restored.

    The irony is, that I recently took up another 45day Free Trial with Winzip, with the intention of taking up a subscription at the end of it. Now that I find that Vista already has this function, I am asking myself of the point of paying for something that I don't really need.

    I now intend uninstalling Winzip once again, and after that, confirming that the Vista function is re-established by completing the steps once again, of this Tutorial.

    Question and/or Recommendations;
    After uninstalling Winzip, should I go to your Tutorial -How to Restore the Built-in ZIP File Support in Vista and complete that process, before returning to this Tutorial, to repeat this exercise again?

    Sound logical?

    Sassofalco

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    Re: Zip File Compressed Folders

    Hello Sassofalco, and thank you.

    Yes, you will need to do How to Restore the Built-in ZIP File Support in Vista first to restore the built in ZIP handler of Vista.

    However, you might give the free 7-Zip program a try and select all of the file types in it's Tool - Options. I find it to be a great program. You might like it better.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

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    Re: Zip File Compressed Folders

    Thank YOU Shawn, the pleasure is all mine.

    Can I run the installed Vista Zip system, and the 7-Zip program, side-by-side, and do both then show in the drop-down menus?

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    Re: Zip File Compressed Folders

    Sorry Sassoflasco, it's either or and not both. 7-Zip will open it's own window to see the contents of a ZIP folder instead of being included in Windows Explorer like the built-in Vista ZIP handler. However, 7-Zip supports a ton more file types (ex: RAR) than the Vista one.

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    Re: Zip File Compressed Folders

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Sorry Sassoflasco, it's either or and not both. 7-Zip will open it's own window to see the contents of a ZIP folder instead of being included in Windows Explorer like the built-in Vista ZIP handler. However, 7-Zip supports a ton more file types (ex: RAR) than the Vista one.
    G'Day Shawn,

    Again thanks for your sound advice. My thoughts? If 7-Zip is good enough for Brink, then 7-Zip is good enough!!

    I'd like to install the 7-Zip program that you have recommended, but before I do, I just need confirmation that I'm following the correct installation process, as follows;

    1.....At your Forum Post, Zip File Compressed Folders , I turn Compressed Folders OFF in Windows Vista, - at Option One of your Tutorial.

    2.....I go to, 7-Zip and Download 7-Zip 4.60 beta (2008-08-090 for Windows; .exe 32bit 857KB [for my system]. Save to Desktop, and then Run the Program from there?

    3.....Is it advisable to restart my Laptop once the program has installed?

    Cheers.

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    Re: Zip File Compressed Folders

    Hi Sassofalco,

    You will not need to worry about the other tutorial in your step 1.

    Instead, here is what you will need to do:
    • Download 7-Zip to your desktop and install it.
    • Right click on the 7-Zip File Manager shortcut and click on Properties and Compatibility tab.
    • Check only the Run this program as an administrator box, and click on OK.
    • Run the 7-Zip pogram.
    • In 7-zip, click on Tools and Options.
    • Click on the Select all button and on OK.
    You will be good to go now.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

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    Re: Zip File Compressed Folders

    You Shawn, are an Inspirational Legend, above and beyond the Call of Duty!

    Again, with much futile tugging of a remnant forelock, I thank'ee.

    Cheers.

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    Re: Zip File Compressed Folders

    Your welcome Sassofalco.

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    Re: Zip File Compressed Folders

    You'd be surprised how many people don't understand compressed files. I just sent this URL to my daughter in the hope she'll stop burning RAR and Zip files to CD's for me to expand.

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