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
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.
Drag and Drop Bug w/ Multiple Monitors
There’s a bug in 11.50.23. It’s existed for quite some time really, I just never bothered to report it before. I figure since you’re in a beta phase, now’s as good of a time as any. :)
I have a multiple monitor setup. If I have PowerArchiver on the secondary monitor (e.g. the one without the taskbar) and drag a file from an archive into an explorer window, the PowerArchiver window will disappear and reappear on the primary monitor.
It seems that the disappear and reappear act is due to showing the progress window. After testing with a larger archive, that’s exactly what happens: The main window disappears, the progress window appears (on the primary monitor), then the main window reappears on the primary monitor instead of the secondary monitor where it was originally.
Bump. Bug still exists in 11.50.37 (Beta 2).
Child dialogs (e.g. Configuration Window, About Screen) also don’t show up in the correct place when PA is on 2nd monitor. They’re showing up on the main monitor.
I’m going to dig around a bit. I wonder if this is a VCL bug?
I would also like to vote (again) to have these little multimon problems fixed.
thanks for the bumps… we will take an look.
Please check beta 3 via web update or download page and let us know if this issue has been fixed… thank you!
Yes, this is fixed all around for me with Beta 3 on XP SP 3. The progress window shows up where the window was, and the main window returns to its original position. Thank you!
There’s still a very minor bug in that if the child window to be shown is larger than the main window, and the main window is near the edge of the screen (or near the edge of a monitor), then the child dialog/window may show up partially off screen. But that’s a pretty minor thing.
screenshot for that issue?
Sure. Pic 1 shows the “ready” state. I positioned PA’s window near the edge of my monitor.
Then I went to open the configuration window. Since it’s larger than the main window, it completely obscures the main window. This is fine. The problem is it’s “centered” over the main window, so part of the window hangs offscreen. This is what pic 2 shows.
The same effect happens on a multi-monitor setup, only the child window shows up partially on the other monitor, but it’s harder to provide screenshots for. And you probably don’t want to see crappy pics from my cell phone. :)
so you want it centered on screen instead of PA?
No, centered over PA is great, just nudged to ensure that the entire window is on the current monitor.
It’s a very minor thing to me, and if it’s more trouble than its worth to fix, I’d rather see the current behavior over any other.