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Posted on 2007-10-15
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Hello,

My Windows vista will no longer associate zip files with the default zip prgoram in windows.  Does anyone know how to get this back?
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by:LeeTutor
ID: 20081759
In WinXP and Vista both:

you can disable the builtin zip integration by typing this at the Run dialog box off the Start Menu:

regsvr32 /u %windir%\system32\zipfldr.dll

then to reenable it:

regsvr32 %windir%\system32\zipfldr.dll
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by:hmcnasty
ID: 20081794
I get this:
The module "Windows\system32\zipfldr.dll" was loaded but the entry-point DLLRegisterServer was not found.

Make sure that "C:\Windows\system32\zipfldr.dll" is a valid DLL or OCX file and then try again.
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by:LeeTutor
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Interesting; just found another page that got your same error.  Well, then try this page:

http://www.annoyances.org/exec/show/article03-202
How do I turn off Compressed Folders (built-in support for ZIP files) in Windows Vista and XP?
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by:hmcnasty
ID: 20082071
Thanks Lee but no go.  I downloaded the registry edit, ran it, then restarted, adn no change.

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by:LeeTutor
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You ran the Vistazip.reg,. and not the vistaunzip.reg, correct?
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by:hmcnasty
ID: 20082401
yes, I double checked it.  

Is it located in prgram files.  I mean can I point to it to open a zip file?

W
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by:LeeTutor
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Did you check with REGEDIT that the deleted keys the annoyances.org page talked about were reinstated in the registry:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{E88DCCE0-B7B3-11d1-A9F0-00AA0060FA31}
and
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0CD7A5C0-9F37-11CE-AE65-08002B2E1262}


You asked just now "I mean can I point to it to open a zip file?"   I'm afraid I don't understand what you're asking?

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by:hmcnasty
ID: 20082548
yes.  They were both there.  So I deleted them and then ran the reg edit to bring them back.  Just in case something wasn't quite right.

If I right click on a file or folder I can send it to a compressed zip folder and it creates the zip file.  However, it looks white and if I open it it goes to the screen where I can choose a program to run it.
(This is what I was asking above) Is there a way I can just point to the prograam?
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by:LeeTutor
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Well, if you click on a compressed zip folder, it shows you the contents, as if it were a regular folder.  In order to open the zipped folder and extract its contents, you need to right click it and select Extract All....
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by:hmcnasty
ID: 20082583
I apologize.   I'm not explaining this right.   I can create a zip file.  
However it's like there is no program associated with it to open it or extract it.   it just created a white .zip file (instead of the yellow folder with a zipper or whatever)  If I right click it doesn't give me the option to extract.  If I click open or double click the file it wants me to select a program to run it with i.e adobe, office, Microsoft money etc.  

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LeeTutor earned 2000 total points
ID: 20082613
Ah, now I think I understand.  So it is creating a file not a "folder".  Sounds like there may be more wrong in the registry about .zip files than what that registry tweak fixes.  I wonder if the .zip fix on this page would be helpful?

http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/105/1/
File association fixes for Windows Vista
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by:hmcnasty
ID: 20082638
Finally.  Thank you very much sir
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by:tryagian
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You may download a free tool at www.digitalsupporttech.com. The tool will tell you what causes the problem. It is also free to get it fixed.
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