Windows installed application information

How can I find out where an application was installed from (ie, a cd drive, folder share?) ?
schmad01Asked:
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Wayne88Commented:
There is no way as far as I can tell.  You can find the user who installed the program and the source (e.g. MsiInstaller) in the event log (EventID 1040, Source: MsiInstaller UserID: [GUID].)  but not the source location that's used to install the program.
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Vadim RappCommented:
For Windows Installer-based installations:

go to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\

find the product, by name or by product key
The value InstallSource will have the path of the folder it was installed from. You can parse it, so for instance anything beginning with \\ will be from the server. Whether it was from CD - no way to tell, because the same drive letter can be either.

Non-Installer-based products - usually there's no way, because they don't store it anywhere.
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Maidine FouadEngineerCommented:
There is a small tool that automates that , you take a snapshot of the registry in the current state and you compare it with the new one, it show you wich new apps where installed ... its called Primo

http://members.tripod.com/~randy_hall/download.htm

For Non installer based products usually its a portable Edition, monitoring New running process's or new executable copied files on the hard drive could help monitoring it .
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schmad01Author Commented:
Thanks, this is what I was looking for. I appreciate it.
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