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.
Add and Replace?
The Add and Replace option when dragging and dropping files into an archive (.zip archive), adds the files but deletes what it was there before the drag and drop action.
Does not matter what I configure, or what buttons I do enable and/or disable, it always happens, when I open the same archive with Winrar (a zip archive!) and do the drag and drop I don’t have this problem at all, and, I did not have this problem with version 8.
Which format do you use?
Format? I’m not sure of your question but, if you’re asking me about which file format I am using during that drag and drop procedure, the format is: .zip. ;)
I tried a couple of my zip files and was able to drag files to it without any problems. I even changed the files to direct write to zip and it made no difference. The old files remained and the new files were added. I’m making the assumption that your file name is not the same as the one in the zip file.
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w3androx, a “similar” problem was reported some time ago with an earlier version of PA.
As was requested there, can you provide more detailed information/examples?
exact version of PA (from help/about) - currently 9.11.01
PC operating system
Is Powerarchiver setup for Explorer View or Classic ?
Is the miscellaneous flag “use normal relative path” checked ?
Is the zip opened in Powerarchiver showing files in archive before you drag & drop, or are you dropping on the Zip file in windows explorer?
Which compression options are active (maximum, deflate64 etc.).
Does it happen with every zip file or just this specific one? Try using the file tutor.zip from PowerArchiver directory.
Anything else you think might be relevant.
Hello Terry: I think the only additional info I could provide is the PA version I’m using, 9.02.01, as of the rest, e.g., wheather I use Classic and/or Explorer view and any of the combinations about compression, and any other configuration combination, the problem happens.
With version 8 this problem was not present.
With Winrar I don’t have any problems, and Winrar can accept drag and dropped files whether the archive open receiving the files is a zip and/or a rar file.
I know with Power Archiver I cannot use the drag and drop action when the file open is a rar file, and that hasn’t been available in any PA version.
This doesn’t bother me, but actually I am using Winrar everyday, Winrar is saving the day, and I like PA so much that i am not ready to give it up!
Is it my destiny to live without Power Archiver?
Is it??? What will it be, what will it be? :(
Why are you using an older version of PA? You should upgrade to the latest which is 9.11. The reason you can’t drag & drop in RAR format is PA doesn’t support RAR compression, only decompressing RAR files. To the best of my knowledge, PA has never supported compressing in the RAR format, only the decompressing.
I have answered your email too the support as well few days ago :-).
Please update your version of PowerArchiver to the newest one (9.11.01). This issue was fixed few months ago. It is really not that hard to update PowerArchiver once updates are available, that is exactly why we do all the hard work of releasing new versions 4-5 times per year :-).
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Is it my destiny to live without Power Archiver?
Only if you don’t keep up to date (if you encounter a problem).
With Winrar I don’t have any problems…
You not really trying ;)
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Whoa, a little bit more information than I asked for … unless you are archiving her photos. If so, care to provide some examples of the archives you are working with … just for testing - honest.