as everyone is no doubt familiar, windows has had integrated zip support for years now. which is not a bad thing, in theory.
except for the part where windows insists on displaying zip files as directories in windows explorer. and when you have a section on your external drive/dvdrw/etc full of zip files, this can result in some serious directory tree bloat.
since the good folks at MS didn't think to make it so you could just uncheck a box to stop that, anyone who's got a dedicated archiving tool like 7zip or winrar, or even winzip itself, is stuck with windows doing something unnecessary. back in XP it was a simple regsvr32 /u command away from being stopped, but in vista and 7... not so much.
so now I get to pile another thing on my list of issues in setting up my new win7 install.
how can I safely disable the native zip support so that windows explorer won't be showing me zip files as directories in the tree?