Looking for software to determine delta changes

Posted on 2010-11-24
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
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.
Question by:PGAdmins

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ID: 34208240
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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ID: 34208297
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.

Expert Comment

ID: 34208334
Two types of places to look, depending on WHY you are asking:

Installation Packaging Software (such as InnoSetup, Install Shield, etc...)
Administrator Utilities: (such as ProcessMonitor from sysinternals:
Free Tool: Port Scanner

Check which ports are open to the outside world. Helps make sure that your firewall rules are working as intended.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.


Author Comment

ID: 34208488
^^ 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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rcasmer earned 50 total points
ID: 34208595
There are many programs out there.  Here is two:

Hope this is what you are looking for and hope this helps.
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ID: 34208875
I am using RegShot.

It's very handy and free...

Author Closing Comment

ID: 34209349
systracer is what i was looking for. thanks rcasmer

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