How to Reassociate Zip Files with Vista's Built-In Compressed Folder Function

For whatever reason, your Microsoft Vista machine may have a third-party program (or no program) associated with the creation and opening of zip folders.  If you want to reassociate Vista's built-in compressed folders function with zip folders, do the one of the following:

Command Prompt
  1. Hit the Windows key and the R key simultaneously (WinKey +R)
  2. Type cmd in the search box (below it should say this task will be created with administrative privileges)
  3. Once the Command Prompt opens, type: assoc .zip=CompressedFolder
  4. Hit enter
Registry
  1. Use the WinKey+R method described above and  type regedit and press Enter.
  2. Navigate to this branch: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.zip.  Click on .zip in the left hand navigation pane and then right-click and select Export and name the backup "reg backup zip" or something like that and then save.
  3. Next right-click on the "UserChoice" sub-key and select Delete.
  4. Exit the Registry Editor.
Download a File Association Fix at Winhelponline.com
  1. Go to http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/105/1/File-association-fixes-for-Windows-Vista.html
  2. Follow the usage instructions on that page.
  3. You may want to bookmark the page for future reference to repair other file association problems.

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