Turn off Zip Folders in Windows
Windows XP will display your zip files as folders. This wouldn’t be so bad except that when you first open the folder containing many zip files Windows tries to index each of them. In our case we had folders that contained anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand. This would cause Windows explorer to hang, sometimes for quite a while, until it was done processing each zip file.
If you don’t want this to happen, open a Command Prompt (Start > Run and type CMD in the Open box, press OK) and type:
regsvr32 /u zipfldr.dll
You can reverse the above command by typing: