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.
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.
I installed powarc-macos20001.dmg and I am attempting to create a password protected zip file. When I create the zip in the UI it doesn’t write the file to the destination folder. No error message is displayed. The PA app has full folder permission. I’m new to Mac, but have been running PA on Windows for a long time.
Will there be a new version of the Mac version soon?
Hi! I came across an issue when I tried to uninstall PowerArch 2013. I got an error “The specified account already exists” which broke the process. I got the same error when I tried to install the current version, without uninstalling the previous one.
So I can’t uninstall and I can’t install PowerArchiver. Any suggestions? OS Windows 8.1 x64.
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).
The online update feature within the program suggests there is a later version than the ‘.17’ available on the web site. But clicking either download or update just reinstalls version .17.
Either there isn’t an update OR
the “download” and 'update" links should be repaired.
When you click on the Buy Now link, you come across four tabs - Home or Work, Enterprise Unlimited, Educational Discount, & Gift Discount.
What is the difference between a licence purchased via Gift Discount and a Home/Work licence?
Also, how can I renew the PowerArchiver Select plan a year after the purchase? Will it remind me automatically?
I’m running PA 21.00.17 64-bit on a 64-bit i7 desktop with W10 Pro, latest version. This 32gb of installed RAM.
As I use the PA pbs system for a number of scheduled archiving operations throughout the day, PA Starter is set to load and run at system startup.
In the course of trying to identify some causes of slowness and bottlenecks in other processes, I notice that PA Starter (PAS) always runs at between 11% and 15% of CPU (see screenshot), usually at about 12-13%. This is by far the highest demanding process on the system, as shown by Task Manager. In Performance Monitor, PAS Average CPU is 8.32, with every other process at less that 1 i.e. in decimal places only.
Task Manager also shows PAS Power Usage as “Very High”, and is the only process shown thus.
I have looked again at the information about PAS at https://wiki.powerarchiver.com/en:help:details:powerarchiver_starter, which was last modified in 2016. The article states a low memory usage for PAS of 784k, which is fair enough, but it is the large CPU overhead which is of concern.
It is of course possible to change the PAS priority, but this has no effect on CPU overhead.
However, is it possible to change PAS, which is required only at intervals to initiate PA scheduled tasks, from consuming so much system resource for every moment of the day?
Adding a file and a directory fails?
Hello PowerArchiver team,
I am now trying the program. I am using the latest version (10.11.01).
I noticed a behavior that I don’t know if it is a bug or intended. I think it is problematic.
Here it is:
I created a new, empty ZIP archive.
Then I opened a folder (in Windows Explorer) named ‘Foo’.
This folder contains two folders and one file:
1. When dragging the empty folder to the PowerArchiver window, it is not added.
2. When dragging the empty folder and the non-empty folder, only the non-empty folder is added.
3. When dragging the file and another folder together (empty or non-empy), only the file is added.
As I see it, all three behaviors are problematic, while the third one is a fault.
Another thing I think you should change is that when dragging a single folder or adding it via the Add dialog box, the content of the folder is added, but not the folder itself. I think it is makes more sense to add the folder and it’s content, just as it being done when selecting more than one folder at a time.
Please let me know what you think. I’ll he happy to give more information if you need it.
thanks for the info - we will check it out.
OK, sure. I’ll come back to see what you came up with
Can you confirm that this is indeed a problem?
And another small suggestion:
Why not implement the go back/go forward option for zip files to?
we are looking at it right now
3. should be fixed.
2. You need to enable “normal relative path” option in configuration> misc. for this to work as you intend it. Let me know if it works properly then.
1. You can not just add empty folder without any files to zip archive currently. There has to be an file being added or it doesnt work.
I hope that helps.
Thanks for the answer. I hope you will fix what need to be fixed. I also want to add that imho, the program should also support adding empty folders, unless the format does not allow it (which I find hard to believe).
And I’ll check the option you where referring to. It seems to be exactly what I meant.
BTW, I just bought a license.
I also want to add that imho, the program should also support adding empty folders, unless the format does not allow it (which I find hard to believe).
I believe that this is the case for Zip files (that the format does not support empty folders). My understanding is that the Zip format contains files with no hierarchy, just a filename that may include a full or partial path. The display of files in folders by utilities like PA is something they generate by getting all the files names and building a directory structure from the list of paths.
Therefore, there is no way for the zip directory to have a path without at least one file to go with it. This may or might not apply to other archive formats.
it is problem of the engine (not format), since it does not allow for no files to be added (it thinks it is an error)… rest of mwb’s explanation is correct.
i think this will be improved for PA 2008.