Auto-Save setting in Windows: can we edit it?

Is there a general setting in Windows for Auto-save, regardless of the application, be in Word or Excel etc. In other words, in how many minutes, will windows try to do an auto-save, and can we configure that interval,

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SysExpertConnect With a Mentor Commented:
While it is possible to compare registry backups, as they are text files only, it would be better if you use some other application line System Mechanic (shareware) from, or InstallRite (freeware) from
RegShot 1.8.2
RegShot is a small registry compare utility that allows you to quickly take a snapshot of your registry and then compare it with a second one - done after doing system changes or installing a new software product. The changes report can be produced in text or HTML format and contains a list of all modifications that have taken place between snapshot1 and snapshot2. In addition, you can also specify folders (with sub filders) to be scanned for changes as well

RegMon from lets you see registry changes on the fly.

If you want to compare registry backups you have already taken, you can use WinDiff (freeware) from or BeyondCompare (shareware) from

Windiff is free and available from Microsoft:  How to Use the Windiff.exe Utility;en-us;159214

Try these two tools (free) from Sysinternals:

Active Registry Monitor 1.37

I hope this helps !
I think it is per application, but it may be dependent on the office version.

It is in the Config option for saving.

There may be an asociated registry with each application.

Use a registry monitor or windiff or similar to note the changes

I hope this helps !
anushahannaAuthor Commented:
Can you please guide me where is the 'Config option for saving', let's say, for example, in Word.
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flubbsterConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It depends on which version you are running. For Office Word 2007, do the following:

Click on the Office button in the top left corner.
At the bottom, click on Options
Select Save

There is a checkmark for AutoRecover Option. Place a check in the box. You can select how often it autosaves, and can browse to where you want to autosave file to be saved.
In word 20003

Tools- options - Save TAB
dopyiiiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Quick note: Autorecover is not auto save in Word. Refer to #3 here:
anushahannaAuthor Commented:
Thank you. This is helpful.  Is there a Microsoft resource that lists all these for different versions (Office 97, Office 2002/3/7, Office XP etc)

Sorry, but all these what?
Stacy BrownConnect With a Mentor Senior Applications AdministratorCommented:
The locations folks above have references are basically it.  

Autrecover for Office 2003 and earlier has been in the same location (Tools | Options | Save Tab)

Office 2007 lists the options in a different place, but it is basically the same (click the Office button, select Word Options, select Save.

You can also change the save location of Autorecover via Tools  | Options | File locations.
anushahannaAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your help. By "all these what", I meant a resource that lists the options by different MS operating system and different office applications.

But your answer helped me out in my situation.
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