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).
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
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.
In PowerArchiver 2023 22.00.06 configuration, the option labelled “Start PowerArchiver 2023 Starter when my computer starts” seems to be redundant.
I am only allowed to change this option when PA Starter is disabled, and then it seems to be ignored.
When I enable PA Starter this option is forced to the enabled state.
I think it’d be good to remove “Start PowerArchiver 2023 Starter when my computer starts” completely. I’ve always found it confusing having both options.
Added later: However i don’t particularly want to use queue but I do like having the PAStarter icon in my tray area.
W10 Pro 22H2 - 64 -bit
PA 22.00.06 (PA 2023)
It has been the case with previous versions of PowerArchiver, but I had hoped that the latest might behave differently. Not so, I’m afraid.
I have, for various obscure reasons, created a few .pa archives, mainly in the hope that they will save me some more space. From time to time, I use the “Test” option to check that important archives are OK and uncorrupted.
With every .pa archive I’ve tested, the process runs through OK but then reports that there are errors. This is always the number of files in the archive e.g. if 11 files, then 11 errors reported.
In the .pa, I can:-preview the files (usually PDF) extract some or all files and look at or use them convert the .pa to a .zip or .zipx archive, which then works fine and tests without errors
Is it the case that the Test routine isn’t designed for .pa archives, or is there another reason? Although the .pa seems to function properly, despite the test reporting errors, I would like to be sure that every .pa is OK and not “broken”.
Some of the .pas are quite old and produced with earlier PA versions (they are truly “archives”). If I extract all the files in the old .pa, create a new, fresh .pa and add back the files to that, then test the new, no errors (at least in the .pa I’ve tried this on) are reported. This would suggest a mismatch between old .pas and newer versions of PA itself.
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Anyone here willing to post the registry settings for the following key:
I’ve currently got the default value set to:
And I’m still missing my Compress menus when I right click on objects. It might require me to log off and on so I’ll try that and post back with the results. If anyone knows of a way to force the registry to get re-installed for a particular ID, that would be particularly helpful.
The forums look swell.
Logging off and logging back on did not correct the issue.
There’s also a problem with the colors in the title bar under the title bar entitled, “Threads in Forum: General”. The blue text color hides the text well and makes great camouflage! The text ends up unreadable!
Specifically, the unreadable text reads (readability requires highlighting):
Thread/Thread Starter, Rating, Last Post, Replies, Views.
did you try uninstalling PA and installing it again? easiest way to reset everything.
Plus, download latest version from our dl page in any case.
The system seems to be case sensitive. The following default value (REG_SZ) works fine and the right-click menus work once again (without a reboot or logoff, but it did take a few minutes for the changes to run their course through the system).
There’s a way to push the changes through. I just don’t know which API gets called to do it. I’ll run an API monitor to see if I can track down an API call (a registry update occurs when one clicks on Tools, Folder Options… in Explorer, then clicks on the File Types tab and changes a setting there. I’m just not sure if it’s one specific API or if there’s a conglomeration of registry calls).
I ran into a little problem with .ZIP files as well. I’m using version 10.00.36. I’ll describe the problem and then how I tried to fix it through Power Archiver, but that failed, then I’ll describe how I fixed it through Windows.
Here’s possibly the way to duplicate it. Earlier today I had some problems as described at the beginning of this thread. Not many people go around deleting registry keys, but they could perhaps end up with a problem whereby PowerArchiver fails to configure itself properly to open .ZIP files.
So while trying to correct the previous problem…
OS: XP SP2
PowerArchiver Version 10.00.36
.Net is NOT installed
Inside an Classic Explorer window…
- Click on Tools.
- Click on Folder Options…
- Click on the File Types tab.
- Click on the File Types heading so as to sort by File Types.
- Scroll down to the PowerArchiver items, they’ll all be sorted nice and neat.
- The Delete button presented itself as a valid option and I deleted all the PowerArchiver types.
- Close the Explorer dialogs. They’re useless now, as you can no longer delete anything once this is done.
- Open PowerArchiver and reassociate the types via PowerArchiver. This seems like it should restore everything back to properness, but…
- Go back into Explorer, Folder Options…, File Types to take a look at the items there. None of them show up as PowerArchiver files any longer.
In other words, they don’t show up as PowerArchiver Zip file. It’s a Zip file. I think this is an easy fix that’ll provide benefits, but then again there’s no option to restore the file to the original settings, so perhaps there should be a check mark to Set All To PowerArchive File Types.
are they still associated? When you doubleclick on the zip file, does it open in PA?
p.s. is there an reason for not rebooting your system, server or something?
: are they still associated? When you doubleclick on the zip file, does it open in PA?
Well, most were associated. The ZIP extension though… maintained the association with the Windows default, meaning when I double-clicked upon a .zip file in Explorer, Explorer opened the file. I could have fixed that by going directly into the registry, but I fixed it instead by clicking upon Tools, Folders Options… then selecting the File Types tab, then scrolling down to the .ZIP extension, and clicking upon the Change button.
That’s corrected now, but I noticed that many of the File Types listed there do not expose the Delete button any longer when I highlight them. If you can duplicate the problem by deleting the extensions, and confirming the problem that would be helpful to me, and possibly to you, but if can’t duplicate the problem, then there must be something goofy going on with this particular machine and I’ll have to live with it until I figure out what’s going on.
: p.s. is there an reason for not rebooting your system, server or something?
Yes, it’s a server, and rebooting doesn’t fix things and it ends up as a waste of time as the boot time takes awhile.
I took a look at what was going on with Windows Registry API (using Rohitab’s API monitor) and noticed that after changing one of the items via the Change button under the Explorer File Types tab, Explorer then re-reads the keys that were changed.
The calls work as follows…
RegCreateKeyExW, hKey:0x80000001, “Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts.01\OpenWithList”
RegOpenKeyExW, hKey:0x80000000, “.01”
There’s alot more going on but it appears that after the key gets set, it gets closed, then reopened, then requeried, and there’s a heck of alot of enumerating going on as well, but I believe it’s the fact that after the key is updated, it’s then re-queried.
I didn’t check what’s going on inside PowerArchiver, I figured you guys already know what’s up there. ;-)