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    Windows 7 compressed folders utility

    I recently installed Windows 7 Pro SP1 (64 bit) on a new desktop. My old computer is XP (32 bit). I have noticed that when downloading (but not extracting the contents of) a .zip file from the Internet, that Windows Explorer displays not only the .zip file, but also all of it's contents. See the attached screenshot.

    In #1 (top image), I have selected Save File, and I created folder
    'TestPeaZip' (in #2) for this purpose.

    In #2 you will see that the file (work.zip) has been downloaded to
    TestPeaZip (red arrow and red line). But something has also created a new sub
    folder, 'work.zip', which contains a sub folder 'work', which contains
    a sub folder 'locate', etc. (green arrows).

    In #3, some program appears to have unzipped the file work.zip in sub folder 'work'. The
    folder 'work' contains 6 unzipped files plus the sub folder 'locate',
    which itself contains 11 subfolders, each of which contain subfolders.
    And every one of these sub folders contains unzipped files.

    What I want is just what I had in XP--only the downloaded .zip file displayed.

    I thought this might be a PeaZip problem, so I wrote to them. They replied that on W7 and following systems, Windows's compressed folders utility shows the content of .zip files in the way seen in the attached screenshot. On the left panel (navigation tree) the Windows compressed folders utility recognizes the file format and offers a preview of the content (the content tree you can browse), but the files are not actually extracted on the filesystem.

    I find this very confusing and annoying. Is there any way that I can modify the Windows compressed folder utility to not do this, and just to display the .zip file that I downloaded, like in XP?

    Thanks for any help,

    Harry
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    Or conversely, just right click on the zip name and select e.g. 7-zip/open archive. Whether Peazip adds anything to the context menu you'll have to check.

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    Joe:

    Thanks for that link. I read the comments, and folks were having a real problem with it. Near the end of the Comments, I found this link:
    http://zabkat.com/blog/disable-zipfolder-exploring.htm

    Look at 'A simpler solution...' at the bottom.

    I tried it. Works like a charm. [Just remember to back up the Registry 1st]


    Harry

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