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…
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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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PA 2004 is great!
Just wanted to say this is a great release! 7-Zip support was a must and you guys delivered!
I hope to see more frequent updates but you guys do a great job as it is!
:cool: Thank you!
Along with a good job on 2004, the forums also look nice.
I love the new slick icons in PA 2004! Although I find that it takes a little longer to open PA2004 than PA 2003 version 8.8. I’m using a 3GHz CPU with 1GB ram and XP Pro.
Yeah PA 2004 is a huge step forward !!
Great Job ! :D
Now i’m waiting for the dutch translation.
The forum is a major change with the old version.
I only forgot my login name was case sensitive.
Jr Heuwing :p
Just curious… I hear people complaining about lack of 7Zip support all the time in certain archivers, and raving about presence of 7Zip support in archivers that have it. But I’ve yet to even come across a 7Zip archive.
So who uses it? Is it just an archive format that people like for their own use? For backups?
I use it, for me 7Zip is the inofficial successor of ZIP. it has better compression ratios than RAR and ACE. And the best the 7ZIP format is OpenSource, so every programm can use this routine. Even Linux programs.
I read in someone’s post on FileForum that RAR compresses better than 7Zip on text files. I wasn’t sure I believed it at first, but I tried it myself on a couple large text files. Sure enough, RAR did compress better than 7Zip (with maximum compression specified for each).
In my tests 7ZIP always comrpess better than RAR. You have to activate “solid” compression in 7Zip to get the best compression. But in anyway the comrpession of both archivtypes is on a very high level and definately better than ZIP.
7zip is definetly better when compressing applications/installations/program files… It gives 10%-20% better file size than RAR, but what is the most interesting thing is that it is an open format so it has an chance to become new standard for compressed files since everyone can use it and every application can support it.
Then again, PA 2004 isnt only about 7zip, many other improvements as well… From the basics to more specific options…
SpAwN oF T.D.F. last edited by
Yes the new PA is very great! Congratulations!!
But I lack these: -iso support
-More Options in SFX Wizard
-German Language(I know in few days it comes out!!)
But it is the best archiver (look at many tests)
simply the best archiver period
SpAwN oF T.D.F. last edited by
It will be more better! But you can always find improvements