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.
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).
In the latest version of PA, on W11 (latest build/SP) when you try to use the first level context menu - NOTHING HAPPENS (particularly when you do this from Downloads or Documents folders) - however I noticed that it DOES WORK when you use the context menu from the Desktop. Going to the second level context menu does work however.
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…
Virtual driver PA 2023-01-28 152607.png
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.
Can not get script to work in Win 7
I am trying the latest Free version on a new Win 7 computer and the script file for backups seems like to be working but no file is created. This worked fine on my old Vista computer. I must be missing something simple but can’t figure it out.
try running backup as administrator and see if that works
I ran PA as Admin, then the script backup file. As before the files scroll through the window showing Compressing through the list of files but the Zip if never created. this is the script file
Text=Please find logs of the %backupscriptname% attached.
Subject=%backupscriptname% backup log
F1=C:\My Documents Letters\
find pabackup.exe in explorer, right click on it and select always run as admin.
This will run it as admin for sure.
if that doesnt work, try creating simple script that compresses same folder and see if that works.
If I use Total commander I can fine \Documents but no Backup folder
If I go to My Computer C drive… I do not have a Documents folder but a My Documents folder but no Backup folder under that… maybe that is the problem?
yes, you do need to reselect those folders!
What a Pain, I got it to work once but can’t get it to work backuping up the folders I want. Win 7 Sucks, and this should not be this hard, it was so easy on my Vista computer.
only difference should be location of folders and permissions, nothing else… this is why i suggested recreation of script and seeing if that works.
I tried creating 5-6 new script files, still no luck?
I just tried 7 zip command line version and made several Zip files using the same files and folders. It appears PA and my Win 7 computer don’t like each other for some reason???
Ive just tried creating a backup using your script and it worked like a charm.
Still doing some testing to see what could be up.
Just to be clear, there is absolutely no zip archive created in the C:\safe\ folder ?
Correct No zip file is created, you can see the Compressing message for each file but the Zip file never gets created. I made sure the Safe folder has full read wirte permissions… still no luck but 7 zip command line works
If I use PA and just compress a few files or a folder to C:\Safe it works… very strange.
After Backup finishes, please take a screenshot of the Backup progress screen showing everything that was done. You can either post it here or email it to mili at conexware dot com
I figured it out, if I backup (zip) a small folder it works fine but when I select this one folder that has all my emails it does not work. I guess there is a limit of x hundred or thousands of files that can be backup / zipped?
Number of files should not really matter.
You were able to zip the exact same folder using PowerArchiver? And same one will not work using backup, right?
How many files are in there?
Maybe I spoke too soon, this new email program was miminized on the tool bar and I think since the email files were busy PA could not Zip them but it gave no error. I made sure the email program was closed and it appears to be working…… it will take 10 min or so to finish. It it does not work I will let you know but it looks like it is working so far… an error message stating the files are open would be helpful, thanks
That must have been the problem, but I would have thought that the zip file would be created for all the other files and just skip the files that were open or locked by Windows.
thanks for the update!
you should try using the VSS(Volume Shadow Copy) option which can compress files in use.
You can find it in the “Alerts & VSS” tab in backup.