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.
PA2012 Beta 1 Bug: Shell Extension Sub-Menu
Here’s another bug that’s still in PA2012, hopefully it can get fixed. I’ve been seeing this for years across multiple systems and clean Windows/PA installs and PA versions.
Summary: When the right mouse button is used to drag an archive, the context menu is wrong and seems to ignore some of the submenu settings.
I’m attaching pictures of my context menu extraction settings, then screenshots of right-drag context menus for archives in both 32 and 64 bit file managers. I used Explorer++ for these screens, but XYplorer (x86), xplorer2 (x64), and Windows Explorer (x64) all display the same behavior.
This is all on Windows 7 Pro x64.
yep! still logged in our system from March of last year.
gonna add these screenshots to it as well, let’s see what the dev team can do.
obviously nobody bumped it hard enough before :-)
this should have been fixed?
No change in 13.00.22. The registry options (Option_n_ and Submenu_n_) seem to be set, but my shell extension menus look exactly the same.
tl;dr version: 32-bit shell extension seems to work fine. 64-bit shell extension still not, seems to have not been updated.
Here’s current behaviors I’ve noticed in 13.00.24 running on Win 7 x64:
pashlext.dll has an mtime of 2012-06-23 11:38
pashlext64.dll has an mtime of 2012-06-14 12:16 (manually extracted from installer to double check)
In an x86 file manager right drag context menu seems to be fixed.
In an x64 file manager right drag context menu is still wrong – my configured commands do not show up in the submenu.
For .cab and .7z archives, PA is showing the “Create Self-extracting archive” entry in the main context menu even though the “Make SFX” option is hidden altogether. The “Make SFX” entry does not show up for .zip files (or .rar, but the option indicates that they should not be affected anyway). If “Make SFX” is configured to show on the submenu, then the menu option shows up in the submenu as configured. This only occurs in an x64 file manager, not in an x86 file manager.
In both x86 and x64 file managers, the right drag context menu always shows an “Extract…” entry for .zip files (seen in image in OP). This is actually coming from Explorer’s native .zip handling. Can PA be configured to disable that? I’m not actually interested in Explorer’s zip file handling since I’ve installed PA, and I can’t imagine most of your other users are either. :) I apologize if I sent any devs or testers on a wild goose chase trying to figure out where that menu entry was coming from.
Reproduced the issue with Make Exe and have logged it in, thanks for that!
For the right click issue in x64 shell, basically the issue here is that the PA 2012 submenu does not appear when right click options appear after right click and drag?
Just want to double check and make sure.
That’s correct. The correct options show up, just in the wrong place.
Got word from the dev team that they’ll do their best to get it fixed on the next release
please check PA 2012 13.00.25 via Patchbeam and see if it works better now… thanks!
OMG YAY! It’s all fixed!
x86 and x64 shellexts seem to be bahaving properly. There’s also no more “Create Self-extracting archive” option showing up when “Make SFX” is hidden too!