How to disable Windows built-in Zip support

Windows offers the feature to compress files by supporting Zip functionality. While it is a very useful feature if you are already using some third-party compression utility, some of may want to disable Windows built-in Zip support and let the external zip program be associated with the zip file format. In this post let us see how to disable this Windows built-in ZIP functionality.

In Windows XP, this solution worked. All you needed to do was to unregister a dll file. Open the Run box, type the following and hit Enter:

regsvr32 /u %windir%\system32\zipfldr.dll
To enable the built-in zip capability, run the following command:
regsvr32 %windir%\system32\zipfldr.dll

This may not work in Windows Vista and later, as unregistering of that particular dll file is unsupported in these later operating systems, like Windows 7 and Windows 10/8. If you try it, you will receive an error message.

Disable Windows built-in Zip support in Windows 7/8/10

To disable Windows built-in Zip support in Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 10/8, you will need to open regedit and delete the following two registry keys:

To disable support for zip files delete this key:


To disable support for cab files delete this key:


Disable Windows built-in ZIP

The Windows Registry may not allow you to delete these keys easily. You may need to take ownership of these registry keys. I suggest you use our RegOwnIt to do so easily.

If you have another zip or file compression software installed, you may want to consider disabling this built-in zip support, to save some resources.

Goes without saying – create a system restore point first!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.