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.
I wanna share with you some of my thoughts on Powerarchiver and see if I am missing something or not.
I’ve been using Powerarchiver for quite some time (I would say over 5+ years) and keep renewing my subscription year after year because I really believe this is one of the best products in this area.
I’ve recently renewed my subscription to the 14.00 version but for my surprise I saw almost the same product in my computer. Checking the “Whats new” page I see some small improvements but unfortunately at least for me most of them are useless.
I understand PA folks needs to feed their family and the money basically come from our subscription but my point is … and please PA Folks dont get me wrong … is there any really significant improvement for PowerArchiver to occur or we are getting at a point PA does not have much space for improvements anymore?
Again dont get me wrong and lets keep this forum productive.
how do you mean you see same product? PA 2013 has a lot of improvements over 2012, it is pretty big release… even the interface has changed a lot.
if you think 2 brand new applications - Encryption Suite and Cloud browser are useless, then you best start writing into wishlist forums on what do you want form next version of PowerArchiver and not let us “guess” what you would like to see there.
thats the best way to get features you actually want inside PA.
Regarding some of the features you mentioned like Cloud is kinda useless for me and the Encryption I barely use so… as per the interface I am sorry but seems almost the same for me. Again I saw the whole list of improvements from 2012 > 2013 and I feel the list is not that expressive like you are mentioning.
Look. Once again do not get me wrong dude and I would be more than happy to participate in the wishlist forum if I had any idea. Unfortunately not everybody is creative enough to come up with nice ideas and I am on that list. I am on the side where I want to help subscribing so you guys can keep the good work.
My point is quite simple … I feel like I paid for something I am not gonna use (which does not mean these features are not important for someone else) … I am so confident on PA that I simply bought the new version without even saw the list of new features or improvements and now I am just asking what we can expect in the future. Nothing else.
all i wanted to say is that tell us what you want :-).
If you use classic, not much can change… modern skin changed. ZIP compression/extraction is faster, sometimes double the speed… RAR 5.x was added. lots of small improvements as well.
appreciate the support too… we work on PA all day and night, never stop… already started on 2014.
I have found that some features I initially found not very useful (PAE) I now use fairly extensively; others I use (Virtual Drive), but not as often as other people do.
Some – like pbs – are essential to me. It provides a simple way of keeping two sets of computers in sync without having to rely upon the cloud.
So I applaud the team for their improvements, even when some that I could in principle use (like PGP) I don’t use simply because I don’t know many people who have PGP. But one day . . .
So applause to the team for their demanding and creative work.
if you actually look at the changes some have been added to enhance pa. if pa was not developed you then wouldnt be able to open some zip files or rar files. if you look at pa they fix problems, that occurr with different versions of windows. what i’m stating is that pa actually fix bugs and make sure you actually can work with archives in the knowledge that you wont loose your precious data. if you take the com,petition some dont fix bugs they blame it on other s9oftware. be lucky pa actually do something.