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?
Span attempt yields error: "Some files were in use and were skipped"
I tired to create a spanned archive of a 24GB .tib file, which was generated with ‘Acronis True Image Home 10’ backup software. PowerArchiver gives me the error, “Some files were in use and were skipped.”
I can’t imagine what app would be ‘using’ that file. Is there maybe something else about the file that PowerArchiver doesn’t like (i.e. size, type)? I want to break/split it into pieces to burn to DVD.
Thanks for your help.
Windows Vista Home Premium
try using 7zip - it might be that file is actually in use, and zip engine will not compress it in that case while 7zip will.
of course, use very low compression on 7z for speed.
Thanks for the reply! I took your advice and tried 7z. There must be something special about that filetype, because I get the same error when I try to archive any of them. But, at least I finally figured out how to get True Image, which generates the .tib files, to split them.
One thing to mention have you tried the 7zip file manager in case its pa that has the problems jusyt so we can check if it is pa and rule that out.
… have you tried the 7zip file manager …
What is that?
At this point I suspect something is happening between Vista and/or ‘Acronis True Image Home 10’ software and the file, because I am also having trouble burning the file to DVD. I get ‘file in use’ type errors.
did you try restarting your computer?
Yes, I did try after restarting the computer. PA gives me this message:
“Some files were in use and skipped.”
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Acronis True Image Home 10 does keep a regular check in the background just like a virus checker!
Depending on your settings I think there might be something to disable background monitoring “have a look if you can” for example is the backup timed to run at the start or shutdown of every session? if thats the case Acronis may cause a conflict with accessing current archives.
Possible solution would be to delete your current settings for backing up and create a new backup profile to run on command? also does your back up amend current archives? or does it create new archives for the date and time?
Actually, I don’t have any backups scheduled. I like to do backups after shutting down Windows and using the Acronis rescue disc (or whatever it is called).
I don’t have backups scheduled either, but I still have the “Acronis Scheduler2 Service” service running. It’s possible that it might be interfering with your PA somehow.
I stopped the service “Acronis Scheduler2 Service”, and also the process tree “TrueImageMonitor.exe”. I tried again to split the file, but got the same message. ;-( I’ll ask the True Image people if there are other things I should stop as well. Thanks alot for your help!