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PowerArchiver 2020 - tabbing, opening, extracting, adding, testing, favorite folders, support for multiple languages, opening via Finder, explorer mode, installer.
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Upcoming: Tools such as archive converter, batch zip, multi-extract.
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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.
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.
I installed powarc-macos20001.dmg and I am attempting to create a password protected zip file. When I create the zip in the UI it doesn’t write the file to the destination folder. No error message is displayed. The PA app has full folder permission. I’m new to Mac, but have been running PA on Windows for a long time.
Will there be a new version of the Mac version soon?
Hi! I came across an issue when I tried to uninstall PowerArch 2013. I got an error “The specified account already exists” which broke the process. I got the same error when I tried to install the current version, without uninstalling the previous one.
So I can’t uninstall and I can’t install PowerArchiver. Any suggestions? OS Windows 8.1 x64.
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).
The online update feature within the program suggests there is a later version than the ‘.17’ available on the web site. But clicking either download or update just reinstalls version .17.
Either there isn’t an update OR
the “download” and 'update" links should be repaired.
2 ZIP-related problems
Create a split ZIP archive (that is, a spanned ZIP archive). Open this archive in PA. Check the compression ratio. It’s always zero, which is incorrect! I compressed a 3.5 GB folder, and the resultant size of the archive was about 2.4 GB. The compression is 31.43%, not 0! This is a bug.
I compressed Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic (which was the folder I used in point 1 above). It contains almost 15,000 files. Of that, 10,000 are small wav files (voice over effects/dialogue). When using ZIP format, the progress bars are very misleading .
It seems that the overall progress is dependant on the number of files that are being compressed, not the size of the files!
The largest file is about 900 MB. When compressing this file, the overall progress does not even go up by 1%. However, when it comes to the folder with the 10,000 files, the overall progress bar just shoots up like crazy! It was 99% completed - I thought it was all over! However, 5 more large files had to be compressed. Now that’s misleading!
CAB and 7-ZIP work according to file size, so the overall progress bar increased rapidly while compressing the large files, which is correct.
Get what I’m trying to say, Ivan and Spwolf?
What do other PA users think?
I have noticed this before and agree that it’s misleading showing progress based on the number of files. Progress should be calculated on file size for all archive types, where possible. I would be happy though if just ZIP was changed since this is the format I mostly use.
Thanks for the reply, Deipotent!
Doesn’t anyone else feel the same way?
I am not sure about 1., will have to check out how is this calculated.
As to the 2., unfortunatly that is how our zip engine works. We have made repeated requests for this feature to work based on amount data processed but nothing yet and I would not expect anything to change soon either.