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Posted on 2007-12-04
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What is the name of the log file created by XP that tells you when a program installation took place?
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It depends on the actual installer, and the appplication.

XP doesnt create log files for every install, unless the Windows Installer service is requested of it, by the .msi package....

Look in the Program's directory, or in c:\windows
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this also depends on what level of logging you are looking for.  if you just want to see a really top level notice, sometimes this will get logged in Event Viewer -> Application log

to just see what was installed and what time it was installed, look at System Restore.
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Best bet is the event viwer as zephyr_hex stated. However Microsoft products do create their own logs stored in the temp directory which show a detailed map of each file it tried to load.

Is there a specific program/issue you are trying to solve?.
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