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?
I’m experiencing very slow extraction speed of multipart RAR files. For the first part the extraction is super fast but when PA reaches the part2.rar the extraction from there on gets super slow. PA needed for a 6,3 GB multipart archive 30 minutes to extract. I tested then with another program and it just took 70 seconds. I had this slow extraction speed with PA for quite a long time and I always thought that is maybe because of a high compression rate that the extraction would take longer. But it seems that only PA gets that slow.
I have lots of multipart archives that are 10+ GB and with PA it would be really time consuming. Is there any solution to this?
Hi. The “Move” Action seems to be Not Working when used in the Tool – Batch Archive.
Using the Options – Configuration – Compression Profiles ---- I created a Profile with the Action of Move. Also set were Zip, and Method Deflate.
When I use the Tool - Batch Archive – It appears to me that the Action Move does not Move the compressed files (basically add to zip, and delete the added file from original location on the same disk). Zip file(s) are created and look ok.
Typically I on the Batch Archive process – I have selected options to use a Profile with the Move Action.File’s Current Folder Group files from same folder into same archive Add subfolders to separate archives
My PowerArchiver version is 21.00.17 .
Can you reproduce ? – Or do you need additional details or information?
i just registered my own copy and i need some help to set it…
if i set the ‘configuration>shell extension>open folder after extracting’ checkbox, after decompress an archive is opened the file manager on that folder but… if somebody is using a different file manager how to open XYplorer or Directory Opus for example and NOT the MS file manager?
consider this as a feature request also if not available within the 2022 version
I am looking for a way to stop the UAC elevation prompt when running Powerarchiver. In an old post about PA 2019, someone asked this and got a response to uncheck “all users” at the prompt but I am not seeing where one can do this. It definitely seems like the way to go though as if I click on “More Details” at the prompt I see that it is trying to run “_pautil.exe /paassociate /allusers /my(long binary string)”. Can you let me know? Thanks.
PS I tried renaming _pautil.exe and this worked, but I don’t know what the consequence of doing this may be so I would like to do this properly, thanks.
Just a question is Ashampoo zip pro 4 built by Powerrachiver as it is very similar and uses the pae encryption.
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Can I use my current licenses with MacOS?
If not, can I transfer a license to MacOS?
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There would be many of us with Intel Processors.
and they have their own optimized zlib algorithm, which can result in more efficiency if used combined with their hardware processor.
Can we get the same Functionality Under Hardware Acceleration Feature?
Zlib is not the only feature that intel has included with their processor, there’s many, which if combined can result in efficient and better compression ratios.
With PowerArchiver context menu enabled, it is crashing Windows 10 File Explorer when right-clicking on the Default User junction in C:\Users. Had 2021 installed, updated to today’s 2022, still getting same crash. Must have Hidden files and folders set to Show, and Hide protected operating system files cleared in File Explorer Options|View.
Windows 10 Enterprise Version 21H2 (OS Build 19044.1708) (64-bit)
PowerArchiver 2022 Version: 21.00.15 (03/2022) 64-bit
PowerArchiver Toolbox Edition Personal English
Disabling PowerArchiver context menu using Autoruns: on the Explorer tab, uncheck PowerArchiver64 under HKLM\Software\Classes\Folders\ShellEx\ContextMenuHandlers and the crash does not happen.
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.