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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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.
Bug in PowerArchiver & Annoyance in PowerArchiver
Just found a bug in PowerArchiver 2007 v10.01.03.
These are the steps to reproduce the bug:
Open the program, and then press and release the “alt” key on the keyboard. Press “m” for menu. Now press “i” for “Find Archives”. Now try and click the “Cancel” button on the “Find Archives” dialog box. The first time it is clicked it won’t do anything, and the second time it is clicked it will produce an error. This is when running under Windows XP Pro SP1 with a clean install of the PA2007 trial. I have tested this in VMWare on a clean XP Pro SP1 install and it does give the error. The error message varies. I have gotten “Access violation at address 0049E5CD in module ‘POWERARC.EXE’. Read of address 000000E4.” & also the same message but with both sets of numbers being all 0’s. Once or twice I also got “Priviledged instruction” or something like that (can’t quite remember, and only get it rarely). Also tried this in VMWare on XP Pro SP2 and it will throw the error under that setup too.
My second issue is not a bug per say, but is a way a certain feature works, that I dislike. When right clicking on a folder, and telling PowerArchiver to compress it, if you are not using “Save full folder info” then the files are added to the archive okay, but the folder name is discarded. Meaning that if you do an “extract here” on the file you just created, it will dump out all the files into the current directory instead of recreating the folder that they were in when you did the compression. Previous versions of PA did not do it like that. Now, if I want to right click and compress a folder, but still have it decompress to a folder, I have to make a temp ‘placeholder’ folder to drop the other folder into, and then right click on the ‘placeholder’ folder and choose to zip it up. I don’t know if this was an intentional change in functionality or not, but I find it aggravating.
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… Open the program, and then press and release the “alt” key on the keyboard. Press “m” for menu. Now press “i” for “Find Archives”. Now try and click the “Cancel” button on the “Find Archives” dialog box. The first time it is clicked it won’t do anything, and the second time it is clicked it will produce an error.
Confirmed (in Win 98SE) - Modern View - Don’t need to actually start the find function, just trying to cancel the dialog produces the error.
… When right clicking on a folder, and telling PowerArchiver to compress it, if you are not using “Save full folder info” then the files are added to the archive okay, but the folder name is discarded.
PA has always worked this way (in default). To change it to how you want, you need to activate the option “Miscellaneous / Use normal relative path”.
Thanks for testing the bug, and thanks for the clarification about the compressing a folder issue. I wasn’t aware of what the ‘normal relative path’ function was for, and I guess it must have been set in my older version and I didn’t notice it getting dropped when I did the upgrade. Now that is solved, so its just a matter of finding out from the developers as to what is going to be done about the bug. I am curious as to what causes it, as it seems that the different error messages thing is a bit weird. I mean, if there was a specific error in the code, you would presume that it would always produce the same error message.
you report - we fix… thats what will happen with it :-).
Just found out that using the ‘alt’ key method of bringing up the menu seems to be what triggers it, as pressing the ‘f’ for “favorite folders” triggers the same issue where closing the resulting window causes an error. So you can launch either the ‘find archives’ option or the ‘favorite folders’ option using keyboard commands only, and it will give the error when you try and close the resulting window.
The issue should be fixed in 10.1.
Please check prerelease version 10.1 B1:
And let us know if this fixes your issue.
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The Alt menu crash is fixed for me (PA 10.10.08).