Zip Files - Compressed (zipped) Folders - Options


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TrashCan1937

Windows XP pro

I have just installed Win XP Pro via the Win XP Upgrade.

Zip Files - Compressed (zipped) Folders problem

When I double click on a zip file Win XP immediately displays a dialog
box and starts to unzip the file and then install if there is a
"Setup.exe"

There are several option boxes:

Unzip to:
Overwrite files without prompting:
When done unzipping open: setup.exe

All 3 of the boxes have check marks.

I am unable to find a way to change the boxes to "UNCHECK" those
options. The dialog box will net let me change anything. The unzip is
going so fast that all I'm able to do is try to click on an option, and
when doing so, presents another option - TO ABORT. Then it quits and is
the same if I try anything else.

This is a serous problem - it automaticaly starts the install
(Setup.exe)
- as I need to review the files for information so that I can decide
whether or not I want the program installed.

Please advise how to be able to change the selected options (UNCHECK).

If there is no solution - then is there a way to disable this
BUILT-IN handling of Zip files? So that I may open them with another
program?

I have noted that posted on the internet is a method to diable this
feature, but would like to try to use the "Built-In" Zip feature of
Win XP for awhile to see if is satisfactory before I disable it using
the procedure found on the internet, if it works.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Procedure I found was:

If you wish to use another program to work with ZIP files, you should
first
disable Windows's built-in ZIP integration:

1. Go to Start . Run.

2. Type the following at the prompt and click OK when you're done:
regsvr32 /u %windir%\system32\zipfldr.dll

3. The change will take effect immediately, but you may have to restart
Windows for all traces of the built-in ZIP support to disappear.

If, at any time, you wish to re-enable Windows XP's built-in ZIP
support,
just follow these steps:

1. Go to Start . Run.

2. Type the following at the prompt and click OK when you're done:
regsvr32 %windir%\system32\zipfldr.dll

3. The change will take effect immediately, but you may have to restart
Windows for all traces of the built-in ZIP support to once again become
available.
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Any help is appreciated
 
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G

Galen

In (e-mail address removed) <[email protected]> had this to say:

My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:

If there is no solution - then is there a way to disable this
BUILT-IN handling of Zip files? So that I may open them with another
program?

Have you tried to install a third party compression application like WinZip
which will then set itself as default?

Galen
 
T

Trash

Thanks Galen,

I have not tried that - It might work .

I am really trying to get the Built-In feature of Win Xp to be useful
before I give up and use the work-arounds.

My not being able to change any of the options with the Built-In Zip
seems to be the problem.

Appreciate your suggestion, but from the looks of how the Built-In Zip
dialog box displays, there apparently must be a way to change those
options.

Thanks
 
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Larry(LJL269)

On Sat, 9 Apr 2005 23:34:33 -0400, "Galen"

|Have you tried to install a third party compression application like WinZip
|which will then set itself as default?
I like Stuffit - it can handle .sit & weird Mac
graphics files used by color space & profiling geeks.

Just my 2¢ worth. Larry
Any advise is my attempt to contribute more than I have received but I can only assure you that it works on my PC. GOOD LUCK.
 
T

Trash

Thanks for your suggeston

Still trying to get the BUILT-IN zip for Win XP to work as I suspect it
should before trying the alternatives,

I have WinZip v 9.0 installed. So I can use that when I want too.

Trying to use the Built-in Zip of XP to see if I might like to use it.
 
G

Galen

In Trash <[email protected]> had this to say:

My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:
Thanks Galen,

I have not tried that - It might work .

I am really trying to get the Built-In feature of Win Xp to be useful
before I give up and use the work-arounds.

My not being able to change any of the options with the Built-In Zip
seems to be the problem.

Appreciate your suggestion, but from the looks of how the Built-In Zip
dialog box displays, there apparently must be a way to change those
options.

Thanks

I don't have much of a clue about the native Zip support with Windows. I've
never used it unless I was on a system which didn't have an alternative and
then I usually just right clicked and extracted if I recall. It's been so
long since I've used one but I think that was the process. I don't have a
clue how to adjust the settings nor do I know if you can. I simply haven't
ever found it useful.

Galen
 
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Sharon F

Windows XP pro

I have just installed Win XP Pro via the Win XP Upgrade.

Zip Files - Compressed (zipped) Folders problem

When I double click on a zip file Win XP immediately displays a dialog
box and starts to unzip the file and then install if there is a
"Setup.exe"

There are several option boxes:

Unzip to:
Overwrite files without prompting:
When done unzipping open: setup.exe

All 3 of the boxes have check marks.

I am unable to find a way to change the boxes to "UNCHECK" those
options. The dialog box will net let me change anything. The unzip is
going so fast that all I'm able to do is try to click on an option, and
when doing so, presents another option - TO ABORT. Then it quits and is
the same if I try anything else.

This is a serous problem - it automaticaly starts the install
(Setup.exe)
- as I need to review the files for information so that I can decide
whether or not I want the program installed.

Please advise how to be able to change the selected options (UNCHECK).

If there is no solution - then is there a way to disable this
BUILT-IN handling of Zip files? So that I may open them with another
program?

I have noted that posted on the internet is a method to diable this
feature, but would like to try to use the "Built-In" Zip feature of
Win XP for awhile to see if is satisfactory before I disable it using
the procedure found on the internet, if it works.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Procedure I found was:

If you wish to use another program to work with ZIP files, you should
first
disable Windows's built-in ZIP integration:

1. Go to Start . Run.

2. Type the following at the prompt and click OK when you're done:
regsvr32 /u %windir%\system32\zipfldr.dll

3. The change will take effect immediately, but you may have to restart
Windows for all traces of the built-in ZIP support to disappear.

If, at any time, you wish to re-enable Windows XP's built-in ZIP
support,
just follow these steps:

1. Go to Start . Run.

2. Type the following at the prompt and click OK when you're done:
regsvr32 %windir%\system32\zipfldr.dll

3. The change will take effect immediately, but you may have to restart
Windows for all traces of the built-in ZIP support to once again become
available.
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Any help is appreciated

I don't think XP's zip tool has anything to do with the problem. Self
installing zip files will automatically install if created that way. This
is expected behavior. It will occur even if no zip/unzip tool is installed.
Check Winzip's tech support pages about creating self-installing zips to
learn more about them.

Suggestion: To view files inside of a zip archive, don't double click. Open
Windows Explorer using the two paned view. The zip files will be listed as
folders on the left side. Click to highlight the zip. Contents will be
displayed in the right pane.
 
K

Kelly

Hi,
Overwrite files without prompting:
When done unzipping open: setup.exe

This sounds common as per one would expect. Is this a dual attempt within
the same .exe? Either way, if this .exe is an update that the program has
picked up on as per the code is written to ask, then the latter is even more
common. Many programs offer multiple options. As an example: Run the
..exe, show the help files, show the extracted files, etc.

Send me a zip file in/of question (via email) and I will find the options
via the registry for you. Note: I do use default XP Zip folders.

--
In memory of our dear friend, MVP Alex Nichol: http://www.dts-l.org/

All the Best,
Kelly (MS-MVP)

Troubleshooting Windows XP
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com
 
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Larry(LJL269)

On Sun, 10 Apr 2005 00:41:35 -0500, Sharon F

|I don't think XP's zip tool has anything to do with the problem. Self
|installing zip files will automatically install if created that way.
That occured 2 me but I think they NUGS r .exe
files, not .zip files. :)
I still like Stuffit with ability to include targets
of shortcuts 2 files/folders 1 level deep rather than
the shortcut. On sale often 4 $0 2.


Just my 2¢ worth. Larry
Any advise is my attempt to contribute more than I have received but I can only assure you that it works on my PC. GOOD LUCK.
 
S

Sharon F

That occured 2 me but I think they NUGS r .exe
files, not .zip files. :)
I still like Stuffit with ability to include targets
of shortcuts 2 files/folders 1 level deep rather than
the shortcut. On sale often 4 $0 2.

I've seen them with both extensions, Larry. And have seen a "half-step" zip
that pops a screen that allows you to extract to a folder OR install. It
all depends on the wrapper the author put on the file when it was created.
 
K

Keith Miller

When you right-click a zip file, what is the default (bold print) option?

Sharon mentioned it could be how the zip is authored. Try creating your own zip file and see how it behaves.

I use the native XP support for zip and, (though I'm not sure how I got to this point :), it behaves just the way I like.

1) zip files don't show in the folder tree.

2) extract is a right-click option, but not the default action

3) I can still create zip files through 'right-click->send to-> zip folder'

Keith
 
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Trash

I think the problem is resolved - there apparently was nothing wrong.
This was the first time to double click on a ZIP file using Win XP.

It just so happened that the first zip file I tried to open was a
self-extracting zip file.

As someone noted, probably is was created with the instructions to do
what it did, automatically unzip, told it where to go, and to start the
setup.exe

I made a zip file - and then did the double click and it opened
normally in WinZip.

Thanks for all your help.
 
S

Sharon F

I think the problem is resolved - there apparently was nothing wrong.
This was the first time to double click on a ZIP file using Win XP.

It just so happened that the first zip file I tried to open was a
self-extracting zip file.

As someone noted, probably is was created with the instructions to do
what it did, automatically unzip, told it where to go, and to start the
setup.exe

I made a zip file - and then did the double click and it opened
normally in WinZip.

Thanks for all your help.

Are we related? My luck runs that way too. Am glad to hear that you got
this sorted out.
 
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