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.
Daemon.dll not found
Hi. Since I’ve removed my old (and registered) copy of Daemon Tools to replace it with the latest version of Deamon Tools Lite, PA now display the following error message multiple times (tens of times) at startup and whenever I navigate to another repertory: :(
Error Message title- “Powerarc: POWERARC.EXE - Unable To Locate Component”
Error Message text- “This application has failed to start because daemon.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.”
Obviously, PA is no longer able to find the library daemon.dll which is now located in the repertory “Daemon Tools Lite”. I tried to add this repertory to my path as described in http://www.powerarchiver.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1311&highlight=daemon but with no luck. Also, if I try to copy this library and the library imgengine.dll in the PA repertory, PA does not work anymore at all (it completely freezes, with nothing useful displaying).
I’m using the standard version of PA, version 11.03.04 (registered) on WinXP Pro and I’ve not found where to specify the location of Daemon Tools to PA. I’ve also tried to disable the association with the .ISO and .BIN, IMG and .NRG images file formats but with no luck.
Any idea? :confused: Thanks.
Virtual Drive uses same drivers as Daemoon tools, but if you are not using VD, I really cant see what could cause the issue - all those drivers are loaded on the need basis in any case, and not automatically.
Did you try reinstalling PA?
Yes, I’ve tried to reinstall (and to repair, too) PA. I don’t use VD because I’m using the standard version of PA; so I don’t understand what deamon.dll is doing in the picture. This problem appeared right after I replaced Deamon Tools (a very old version) with Deamon Tools Lite in order to see the same thing as one of my client.
The next step that I will try will be probably a complete desinstallation of Deamon Tools Lite and its reinstallation in the Deamon Tools repertory (instead of Deamon Tools Lite) and the same thing with PA; however, I really don’t understand what Deamon.DLL is doing here as I don’t use VD at all.
i will have dev team check it out as well…
did you find out anything new?
the problem could be down to a registry program or the person could be using a cracked version of powerarvchiver.
No, I’m not using a cracked version of PowerArchiver and I don’t even see why you could think of this as a possible reason for the aforementionned problem.
did you find out anything new?
Sorry but I didn’t have the time to make a serie of tests yes (ie., to remove these programs and start reinstalling them in various orders/versions).
Hi, just a word to tell you that I’ve been able to repair my installation of PA by removing it, removing Daemon Tools Lite (DTL) and then reinstalling PA but without reinstalling DTL first (reinstalling it only after PA).
Trying to repair or to reinstall PA while DTL was still installed didn’t make the cut.
However, I’m wondering if the next time I upgrade PA, I will have to remove DTL again or not. :cool:
Anyway, thanks for your effort and have a nice day!