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    watch for system changes

    Does anyone know of a tool/software in Windows to monitor all Files/Registries/Environment Variables/Groups/Users/Services, etc. created after installing/configuring a software? It would create some file with a list of all the changes done (like a few 'good' program installs do that I've seen - actuall list all the changes they made during install).

    I'd like his info to them create my own InstallShield to replicate changes to other machines. I looked through the past posts but couldn't find things other than standard registry cleaners.

    Thnx,
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    Re: watch for system changes

    PC Magazine published a utility called InCtrl5 (the last version I'm aware of was 5) that produced a delta of what happened when you ran an installer. I can't recall whether the source code was made available, and it may be that now you need to be a subscriber to get anything for it, but you might want to take a look at that one.

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    Re: watch for system changes

    Yes, InCtrl5 sounds promising... I also found InstallSpy at http://www.sover.net/~wysiwygx/WhutzNu.html (scroll down the page 1/2 way). It says "Track any and all changes to the registry and file system, and also record all shell notification events (e.g. media inserted), when a program is installed, uninstalled, or run."

    I'll try both of these

    Thnx, Deb

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    Re: watch for system changes

    Deb

    This is a standard feature of programs like WinInstall, much used by system admins to roll out SMS jobs to install new software on oodles of machines.

    WinInstall takes a "before image" of the directories, files and the registry.
    You install the new software.
    WinInstall takes an "after image" of the directories, files and the registry.
    It then compares the two images, and sets up files to indicate what has been done (i.e. new directories/files, new registry keys and values) by the installation of the software.

    Version 8.5 is not particularly cheap -- but there seems now to be a <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> version (which may be specific to Windows Server 2003, sadly)...

    John
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    Re: watch for system changes

    Similar to Inctrl is Total Uninstall 2.34:

    Total Uninstall can help you to monitor any changes that were made to your system during installation of a new software product.
    It allow you to perform a complete uninstall without having to rely on the supplied uninstall program which may leave files or changes behind.

    To use it, you simply launch the installation program from the Total Uninstall interface and select the system areas to be monitored. The program will then create a snapshot of your system before it installs the new software and an additional snapshot after install completes. It then compares the two snapshots and displays all changes in a graphical tree view, marking all values and/or files that have been added or changed. Total Uninstall will save these changes and if you decide to uninstall the application, it will reverse the changes to the previous state.

    Total Uninstall is <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware

    Available in the following languages: Brazilian-Portuguese, Catalan, ChineseBig5, Czech, Dutch, English, French, Galician, German, Greek, Italian, Korean, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish. If you want to translate the Total Uninstall in your language please let me know. The language should not appear in the above list.

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    Re: watch for system changes

    WOW, the choices are getting better and better <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>. Now I'll be up to 2am or later playing with these choices - mouse potato that I am (I gave up TV when reality shows took over).

    Deb

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