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Fix Zip Handler in Windows7

by Jason GreenFebruary 8, 2010

Sometimes our favorite Archive software (7ZipWinRarWinZip to name a few) can break the native Windows’s zipped folder behavior. To fix it back to the way it was before, just unregister zipfldr.dll and re-register it.

7Zip is our friend

To unregister Windows 7 built-in zip file compression, and then to re-register it, use these two commands in a CMD prompt opened with Administrative privileges (“Command Prompt” under Accessories in the Start Menu, then right click and select Run as Administrator):

(Unregister Zipped Folders)
regsvr32 /u zipfldr.dll

(Reregister Zipped Folders)
regsvr32 /i zipfldr.dll

This is useful if you are installing a Zip program like 7Zip or WinRAR and the install blows up, you can use this to fix the way Windows handles Zip files.

About The Author
Jason Green
The writer and owner of Green Complex, Jason is an A+ Certified for Computer Hardware egghead and Eagle Scout since 1999 but has been building computers and programming for much longer. An enthusiast to say the least, his hobbies also include photography, video games, and reading. See his proficiencies on Smarterer.

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