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.
Best way of archiving?
If I want to archive files, is there a rule which type of archive is most eficient for a certain type of file?
Which type of archive should I use for audio and video files?
Which type of archive should I use for .doc and .xls?
Which type of archive should I use for acrobat reader?
The answer definetelly depends on type of files. E.g. some files like MP3 audio files are already compressed (very similar compression to ZIP), so using ZIP definetelly is not propriate for compressing this format. Acrobate readed is also very well compressed, but usually there is something to save even when using ZIP format.
But I suggest you to compress multiple similar files at the same time and use either CAB or 7-ZIP compression. When compressing more than one similar files to same archive using some solid compression, you will get better results than compressing each file separatelly to same archive - CAB is solid by default, and 7-ZIP by option.
CAB is little bit slower, but realible solid compression. CAB files can be easily extracted by any archiver (or even now new installation of Windows XP).
7-ZIP provides much better compression ratio. Ratio and speed of compression depends on file type compressing, but usually with 7-ZIP you can get best ratio than with any other format. It is very good for all of three file types you have mentioned.
One of problems of 7-ZIP is that for extracting it you must have either PowerArchiver or 7-ZIP, but if you use this for your own purposes, then I suggest you to try with 7-ZIP.
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If you are simply asking which gives the smallest archive file - then I agree with Ivan that 7Zip is usually the answer. However, when I did some sample testing I found that 7Zip was very bad on “compressed” formats such as Jpeg !!
Another consideration may be speed - 7Zip is by far the slowest compression method.
On “normal” filetypes:-
Cab gives the next best compression, usually much faster than 7Zip.
Tar with Bzip2 gives the next best compression, usually faster than Cab.
Note: in my testing 821 Wav files 15,281,041
Bzip2 - about 8 minutes (11.5MB)
Cab - about 25 minutes (11.9MB)
7Zip - nearly 2 hours (11MB)
PS for the Jpegs I tested 10 Files (12,600,516)
cab 7 minutes 12,564,597
bh 3 minutes 12,588,570
bz2 5 minutes 12,615,759 !.expansion.!
7z 45 minutes 12,664,029 !.expansion.!
I would recommend that you do a sample of your own files and judge for yourself.