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Looking for software to determine delta changes

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I know there are a few apps out there that you can run that will take a snapshot before a software is installed and then one after to determine any changes made by the software including registry info, folder/files info.
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by:rcasmer
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Are you looking to see the specific changes?  Otherwise if you are just looking to do a recovery then using System Restore in Windows Control Panel you can create a restore point before you install the new software.  Then if something goes wrong you can restore everything back to the way it was before the installation.
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by:PGAdmins
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no i need the specfic changes. this helps in determining what a install does so you can mimic it or allow for you to copy config file to push out to users in a larger setup.
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by:YarnoSG
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Two types of places to look, depending on WHY you are asking:

Installation Packaging Software (such as InnoSetup http://www.jrsoftware.org/isinfo.php, Install Shield, etc...)
Administrator Utilities: (such as ProcessMonitor from sysinternals: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896645.aspx)
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by:PGAdmins
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^^ somewhat close but not what im looking for. the solution i am looking for is only to determine what changes are made on a system. perferably in a log or report file of some kind.
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There are many programs out there.  Here is two:
Regsnap
http://download.cnet.com/RegSnap/3000-2094_4-10018689.html
systracer
http://www.brothersoft.com/systracer-download-56546.html

Hope this is what you are looking for and hope this helps.
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by:Thommy
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I am using RegShot.

It's very handy and free...

http://sourceforge.net/projects/regshot/
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by:PGAdmins
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systracer is what i was looking for. thanks rcasmer
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