Have you ever used a new computer and found, to your dismay, that a 3rd-party shareware program (such as WinZip) was currently set to handle compressed .zip files? Windows XP already has built-in .zip file integration, so unless you’ve decided to replace it with a program such as 7-zip, it is usually best to let Windows handle those files.
To restore Windows XP’s built-in .zip file handling:
- Click your Start Menu and select Run.
- In the dialog box that appears, enter REGSVR32 ZIPFLDR.DLL and press enter. Click OK in the notification that appears.
- If this did not work, open the Run dialog again and enter: cmd /c assoc .zip=CompressedFolder and press enter.
When you open a .zip file in the future, it will now open with Windows XP’s built-in software.