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.
I am having an issue to mount iso images on my Win 7 x64.
I am getting the following error message:
“An error occurred during installation of the device!”
The same iso file in the same folder can be mounted without any issues on my Vista x64 though so it is not related to the iso file.
I have the same version of PowerArchiver including PAVD installed on both the machines.
Any known issues with Win 7 and Virtual drive?? Or any other known issues around this?
is it that specific iso or all isos on that computer? There are no similar issues that I know of, a lot more people use PA with Win7 compared to Vista.
All iso’s I have tried fail. :confused:
I got a post from moles42 about my topic but I cannot see in the forum.
moles42 was asking this:
just wondered if you were using any other conflicting virtual drive software on your system?
Actually it is funny because I am using another virtual drive (UltraIso) on the machine where PAVD is working but I do not have any VD software on my Win 7 machine where PAVD is not working!
I just tried PAVD on another fresh Win 7 x64 install and it does not work either!!
So it is working on my Vista Home premium x64
but not working at all for any iso’s on my Win 7 Ultimate x64 and Win 7 Home premium x64.
How come? :(
Are you sure it is working on Win 7 x64??
FYI, I have been testing the same versions on all my systems i.e. PA 11.62.04 + pastarport13004
yes, it works on all of our win7 computers - i am typing this from win7 64bit ;-).
Can you try deleting pavd2010.exe from PA folder and then reinstalling it again?
I have tried this many times but still not working.
sorry ‘itechlang’ I did post that question but then deleted it thinking it was irrelevant to your problem anyway…I’ve been searching for a solution to your problem today but upto now still haven’t come up with anything sorry.
have you tried another piece of software on your W7 system to mount an iso apart from PA?
and yes it works perfectly on my Windows 7 Ultimate x64 system.
yes I tried UltraIso on 1 of my Win 7 systems and it works.
Anyone can help? I cannot be the only one having this issue.
Far be it from me to promote alternative software but to try and solve this issue can you try using ’
DVDFab Virtual Drive’ http://18.104.22.168/download/DVDFabVirtualDrive1114.exe to see if it works on
it works in the same manner whereby you mount the iso files as PA does…
I’ve just tested it and it works fine on my W7 x64 system.
apologies to management for seemingly promoting alternative VD software…:o
what I did like about the program though was when you actually closed it down it removed the virtual drive as well…a facility I did find much to my liking…any chance PA can have this option guys ???
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Moles42! We might have to beat you for this clear breach in member’s rulling! Now walk away with your head in shame…
PowerArchiver Rules… “in case management read this”
sorry guys…was only trying to help this poor guy out…:o
give me my 50 ‘lashes’ and let’s move on…:eek:
After everything PA has done for you Moles……
All joking aside,
itechlang, please do let us know the results of using the VD software moles posted and thanks Moles for looking into it!!
We haven’t had any other reports of constantly failed ISO mounts on x64 so this has to be specific.
Let’s see how this works
So I tried DVDFab Virtual Drive as I had tried UltraIso before and both are working perfectly.
So I am sorry to tell you guys but I am afraid the issue is on your side.
I have 2 machines running Win 7 x64 and PAVD is NOT working on both.
I have one running Vista x64 and it is working.
You must admit it is a weird coincidence.
For me there is something related to Win 7 x64.
DVDFab VD and UltraIso are working like a charm on all my machines regardless the OS.
Hope you will sort this out soon.
I have a brand new Win 7 64-bit install here and the PA iso mount works fine. Sorry, I was hoping I could help diagnose your problem :(.
which windows 7 version do you have installed?
Win 7 x64 Home Premium - not working
Win 7 x64 Ultimate - not working
Vista x64 Home Premium - working
maybe there is some software or some option that is common to those two win7’s that dont work?
Yes maybe but 1 machine is brand new and the other one is 2 years old and I have never had any issues with other Virtual Drive software.
How come it is just PA Virtual Drive being not working whereas others like UltraIso, DVDFAb or even PowerIso are working?
There is probably something on those 2 machines that PAVD does not like, maybe it is the brand. :)
They are both HP laptops.
HP Pavilion dv9700 CTO
Unfortunately the HP website has no longer the detailed specifications on this one.
Thanks anyone for any help with this.
Anybody else who might have same kind of issue?
I feel lonely.
Are there any logs/traces I can activate and send you guys to help out?
I still cannot use PA Virtual Drive on both my HP laptops.
I had also opened a ticket to the support a while ago now but nobody has replied. :(
Is the ISO file on a local or a network drive?
as we have an issue reported about mounting ISOs from a network drive
I remember trying both local and network and none was working at that time but I just tried again today if I copy ISO files locally then I can mount the images.
So I would say it is probably related to the network drive issue you are talking about.
Do you think it is going to be fixed soon?
well that is great news! I’m glad I asked that question as we now know that the issue is not anything related to your specific system.
We have this issue(mounting ISOs from network drives) reproduced and reported in our bug system already, not really sure when the issue will be taken care of, the developers will take a look and see what is up. Until then, I hope that mounting ISOs from a local drive will not be too much of a hassle.
thanks again for the details!!