registry hives 2003 and 2008 server

What is the default location of the registry hives on 2003 and 2008 server?
And can they be copied off a live server so our auditor can analyze them?
Which hive (and file) will keep information about the installed software?
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pma111Asked:
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jmanishbabuCommented:
A hive is a logical group of keys, subkeys, and values in the registry that has a set of supporting files containing backups of its data.

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http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ms724877%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

You cant do live server copying or Registry

Instead this is recommended

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756

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the_endjinnCommented:
I wouldn't recommend doing the following unless you have used regedit before and understand the risks involved. You can export all of the currently installed programs (or at least the programs that have registered themselves correctly with the operating system) by running regedit (type regedit in Start -> Run).

You would then have to navigate to the following key and then choose File -> Export.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

You will end up with a list of applications by their GUID. What you are after is the DisplayName value under each key.

You can also get applications which will collect this information for you. Spiceworks (http://www.spiceworks.com/) will do this for many devices over the network, alternatively Belarc PC Advisor (http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html) will do this running locally on the server.
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pma111Author Commented:
winaudit any good for such?
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the_endjinnCommented:
I'm afraid I've never used WinAudit however considering it looks like it does a comprehensive system audit I imagine it would give you a friendlier view of installed applications.
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