PA2023 Win10, (same problem with older releases but never reported)
PA Soft is installed on partition D. (exclusive for installed progs)
Then I created on my partition G: the folders as configured in PA Settings ‘Folders’.
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The problem : Any activity on PA is saved in these folders…
PA ignores them and still use the default settings. Whats wrong ? Regards, Pirrbe
I am still using Powerarchiver 2022 and it does not show pdf markups in the preview. Is there a setting to get version 2022 to show pdf markups in the preview? If not, does this work in version 2023?
The question that I have about PA archives is what happens if say ConeXware, as a company, dies in the future? What happens to any PA files that are created today? Can these files be decompressed with a copy of a PowerArchiver that can no longer phone home to the mothership thus can’t be registered or activated?
I mean, I can understand that new PA files wouldn’t be able to be created if the program isn’t registered but what about an un-registered copy because well, the question that I posed above?
It’s questions like this that make me not want to store anything really valuable in PA files out of fear that I, at some point in the future, might lose access to said data inside those files. OK, 7ZIP might not be able to compress as heavily as PA but at least it’s open source and any 7ZIP files will still be able to be read and decompressed ten, twenty, or fifty years from now.
For some reason, the PowerArchiver functions in the Windows 11 context menu no longer work after the last Windows Update. Only the functions in the classic context menu function as they should.
I’ve tried uninstalling PowerArchiver and using RevoUninstaller to remove all bits and pieces that were left behind and did a clean install of PowerArchiver, it didn’t fix the issue. Other items in the Windows 11 context menu work.
Is this a known problem? Is there a fix coming? This is a primary reason I buy PA.
I’ve tried both methods I know to extract multiple zips at the same time. 1) Multi Extract feature in the GUI. 2) In Windows File Explorer, select multiple zips, right click, use PA context menu to Extract or Extract To…
Is there a setting I missed? Or maybe it really is processing in parallel, but I can’t detect it? Nothing tells me in the Processes in Task Manager that multiple PA extracts are running. And my CPU, memory and disk resources do not look like a lot of extracts are running.
I’m using PA 2022 Standard version 21.00.18 on Windows 11 Pro version 10.0.22621 Build 22621.
In the latest version of PA, on W11 (latest build/SP) when you try to use the first level context menu - NOTHING HAPPENS (particularly when you do this from Downloads or Documents folders) - however I noticed that it DOES WORK when you use the context menu from the Desktop. Going to the second level context menu does work however.
PA 2023 22.00.08
Long time no seeing. So I start up the new year with a first problem : the virtual driver cannot be installed. Reason : it is missing in the Fast Ring PatchBeam Update Service…
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It seems a standard problem with new releases :-)
Can I have a link or can it be fixed. Thank you. CU later
Hi there, been a user since 13 years now and in past whenever I had a problem or question I could email, however since 3 weeks it seems like everybody is dead?
Anyway, as kind of a last resort, I post this email a 4th time but in this forum instead now, in the hope for help:
"This is the 3rd time I am emailing you guys as I am missing a working code for the preview of Power Archiver 2023
Can you please help me? I am a 13 years lasting customer of yours, and I am shocked thatr for whatever reason my support tickets are ignored now, why?
thanks in advance!
All the best!
Re: Explorer.exe Crash on right click
This appears to be happening again with the Power Archiver 2022 shell extensions.
When I have Use Explorer Shell Extensions enabled in Power Archiver Configuration and right-click on c:\Users\username\Start Menu, (hidden Junction file), File Explorer crashes.
I have version 21.00.15 (03/2022) 64-bit installed in Windows 10 Version 21H2 (Build 19044.1826).
When the function for testing archives is invoked via the shell context menu (PowerArchiver > Test) then all the files in the archive get extracted to the current folder.
The test dialog reports as many errors as there are files in the archive but it fails to give any hint as to which files are supposed to be erroneous or what the nature of the problem might be. Comparing the extracted files to the originals shows no differences at all.
The .7z in question was produced with maximised compression settings in 7zip (taking forever but resulting in smaller archives than .7z produced by PowerArchiver with maximised settings). Therefore I wanted to see whether PowerArchiver can at least test .7z that it produced itself. Hence I had PowerArchiver convert a .pa with the same contents to .7z. There weren’t any errors reported but the resulting .7z contained fewer than half of the files contained in the .pa (137 of 366), so I scratched that test.
Performance is abysmal when testing via the context menu (e.g. almost 2 minutes for testing a .7z that 7zip tests in 4 seconds), but that is most likely due to the fact that the extracted files are written to disk. Testing the same .7z in the PowerArchiver GUI takes only 8 seconds but causes the mysterious appearance of a UAC dialog, as reported elsewhere.
The testing function is vital because PowerArchiver has a history of producing archives that it cannot unpack without errors or that do not conform to the respective file format standards (e.g. ZIP) so that other programs report them as erroneous.
The point of creating archives is that the files in them will most likely have to be extracted at some point. If the extraction cannot be guaranteed to produce correct results then the whole program is absolutely pointless. Actually, worse than pointless - it causes data loss and hence damage.
I having been using Power Archiver exclusively for several years. Recently I have run into a problem that required me to reload WinZip along side Power Archiver. I’ll explain the situation in hopes that it is possibly a configuration issue and if not a configuration issue then an idea for future functionality.
At the heart of the problem is that part of my job requires forensic examination of digital information. One of the techniques used for opening password protected .zip files is called a Known plaintext attack.
As described in the above article the plaintext version of the archive must match the encrypted version of the archive minus the encryption. The problem I have discovered is that the same file compressed with Power Archiver and WinZip yields two different resulting files. I have tried every setting that I can image that would effect the creation of the file but in the end I can not get a file encrypted with WinZip to be attacked with a plaintext version compressed with Power Archiver.
It has been my experience that programs that enable this type of attack check the CRC value of the encrypted file against the CRC value of the compressed plaintext file and the values between Power Archiver and WinZip do not match.
So basically what I am seeking is a way to have Power Archiver compress a file so that it is identical (forensically the same) as a file compressed with WinZip. Is this possible today via some combination of settings? If not possible today is this (check box for WinZip forensic compatibility) something that could likely be added in a future version?
I would think that is was not possible unless PowerArchiver and WinZip both use the same compression engine. Yet, I’m no software programmer.
It is not possible because of several reasons - zip engines are not the same which means that when you compress both files, you will end up with different results. Even more important, they use different encryption. PA uses PkWare’s standard while WZ uses WinZip standard. Both can read each other though but they differ.
Just to be clear how encryption is implemented in either program is not the issue. The need is to have the non-encrypted files be the same between the two programs.
Specifically I need a way to create a standard non-encrypted ZIP file with Power Archiver that would have the same CRC (and I suppose MD5 & SHA-1 hashes) as a standard non-encrypted ZIP file created with WinZip.
In my naivety I am thinking that the ZIP format would allow for two programs to compress the same file in the same way thereby ending up with the same compressed file as a result.
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As already stated by spwolf, PA and WZ use different Zip engines - so this is not likely to be possible for “real world” situations (by which I mean actually using compression as opposed to just “store”).
The same would apply for other utilities such as 7-zip, which also uses a different zip engine.
I have not checked but I would not be surprised if this could be a problem even using the same utility, but in different versions e.g. PA V7.0 vs PA V9.0 (or WZ V7.0 vs WZ V10.0).
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there is one way ond only one which would be impractical but fesiable have two zip engines in the same program not worth it though. might as well install two programs but just a thought.
winzip is solid but not upgraded regualy and if you look at winzip the features are a lot like powerarchives and pa came out with some of them when it was freeware.
but each program have their benifts.
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I can’t vote either. But, I think it’s kind of a dead issue at this point.