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Is there a tool or simple setting to disable Windows 7 Explorer from opening zip folders? There is a registry hack given in How to stop windows from opening Zip folders in the explorer view? but I would rather not hack the registry.

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Not exactly what you are asking for, but if you install 7zip and then go to Tools->Options->System you can associate zip files with 7zip and windows will no longer attempt to open them with windows explorer. –  dtmland Jun 25 '13 at 14:48
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if such a tool exists, it probably updates the registry anyway... –  pataluc Jun 25 '13 at 15:23
    
@dtmland he's talking about Windows 7 built in zip file support, not 7-zip. –  ultrasawblade Jun 25 '13 at 15:27
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@ultrasawblade - The suggestion is still valid. You can either disable it through the registry or replace the default behavior with third-party software. Those are the only two options. –  Ramhound Jun 25 '13 at 16:16
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This question appears to be off-topic because it is denies a perfectly answerable duplicate answer. –  AthomSfere Jun 26 '13 at 16:03

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Try the steps outlined here:

For zip files delete the regkey HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID{E88DCCE0-B7B3-11d1-A9F0-00AA0060FA31}

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

15 - VOILA! NO MORE ZIP FOLDERS! woohoo!

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

The source talks about de-associating .cab files as well, that is why there is the mention about two keys.

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So, nobody knows a tool that does the registry hacks without need for an admin account? And I did not mean to associate zip with a tool, but rather I want to prevent Windows 7 from displaying zips as folders. –  weberjn Jun 26 '13 at 8:55
    
@weberjn any tool that would do this, would just change the registry anyways. Everything about your environment is registry controlled, for the most part. –  AthomSfere Jun 26 '13 at 15:33
    
@AthomSfere: … but, of course, many aspects of the individual user’s environment are controlled by values under HKEY_CURRENT_USER; the ordinary (non-admin) user can manipulate these. –  Scott Jun 26 '13 at 23:38
    
@weberjn: … but, of course, many aspects of the individual user’s environment are controlled by values under HKEY_CURRENT_USER; the ordinary (non-admin) user can manipulate these. –  Scott Jun 26 '13 at 23:38

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