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How do I disable the seeing zip folders in Explorer?

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    How do I disable the seeing zip folders in Explorer?


    Hi,
    I've just recently upgraded from Vista to Windows 8 and while the "Start" interface requires getting used to I've learned to adapt. My main gripe about this OS is that I absolutely hate seeing my zip files show up as a folder extension in the Explorer program as it adds more clutter whenever I'm looking or things. I hated it when it was in Vista and it aggravates me now in Windows 8. Vista was easy to remedy as involved a minor adjustment, unfortunately Windows 8 gets a little more complicated as I've no clue about what to do. Google has brought me here with instructions on removing the feature that dates back to Windows 7, but I get stuck somewhere between in the regedit and "owner" tab as I don't seem to have that feature. So can someone help me clarify what exactly I am supposed to do in that regards. Thanks.

    Also, I would like to add that I am not looking for another third party program to extract or compress my zip files, I'm perfectly happy with my old one...unless your program some how solves my problem. Thanks again for your time.

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  2. #2


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I absolutely hate seeing my zip files show up as a folder extension in the Explorer
    I am not sure I understand what you mean. Is it the .zip that is appended to the name which bothers you.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 22,579
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Brimstone,

    You might see if this is what you were wanting.

    Zip Folders - Enable or Disable Windows Explorer View - Windows 7 Forums
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  4. #4


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    I guess to elaborate a bit more... The Explorer program has an annoying feature which allows you to see any file with a .zip extension as a folder, you will now be able to see it in the left column with all of the other folders. I absolutely hate that feature as I find it to be messy and from my point of view, it just seems to be more useless clutter.

    Also I have tried using the Windows 7 tutorial above even before I posted this request, but I can't seem to go any further than step #6 as there doesn't seem to be any sort of Owner tab anywhere. I figured that it was because it was Windows 8 or something. Another note is that from what I can understand digging around user settings is that I am already on Administrator mode as it seems like there isn't any other user on my computer, but mine which is set at Administrator Level.
    Thanks for your time.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 22,579
    64-bit Windows 10


    Brimstone,

    Use OPTION THREE in the tutorial below as a guide to take ownership in Windows 8 while using the other tutorial.

    Take Ownership of a File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 8
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  6. #6


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    Success! It took a some time and tinkering, but I finally managed to get it (or more or less get rid of it). So far so good, and hopefully I didn't end up doing some real damage to my Regfiles.
    Thank you so much for your help and time on my problem.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 22,579
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome. I'm glad we could help.
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