How to do a file search in Windows XP without including Zip files?

Posted on 2007-08-10
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
How to do a file search in Windows XP without including Zip files? A file search in Windows XP normally opens a zipped file (as in WinZip) and thrashes around with the content thereof. My WinZip files are scattered throughout the data folder tree so it is unworkable to micromanage the folders included / excluded in the search spec. There must be a way to tell search to skip .zip files!
Question by:admn4tndc
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    There is a way to do this - which invloves turning off Windows automatic opening of Zip files (so you would need another tool to open ZIP archives). Full instructions can be found here:,1759,1573774,00.asp
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    Disable all running programs.

    From the command prompt type:

    regsvr32 /u zipfldr.dll

    reboot immediately

    This eliminates compressed file searching.

    Want to undo the change? Simply rerun the command without the /u switch.

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    I will examine these 2 suggestions later today. Off to "management" meetings. Thank you for your time. Points later.
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    See also:

    Prevent Windows XP from searching inside ZIP and CAB files, without breaking Windows XP's native ZIP / CAB support:

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