Software to Monitor Installs and Uninstalls

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Ash_11

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Hey guys

Is there a free software out there that will monitor when software is installed on a computer and uninstalled? Also when things are deleted?
 
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Norton has a tool for monitoring registry changes but I recommend 3 freeware : Total Uninstall which has an uninstall option or Regshot or Inctrl5 (from Zdnet) which produces a html report with all modifications.

1) Regshot : 34 Kb ( http://regshot.yeah.net/ ). Reports in HTML format. Enough if you just want to see the updates in the registry an on your disk.

2) Inctrl5 (no more free download from ZDNET )

Same as Regshot. By default InCtrl5 checks for the existence of several specific files. Under Windows 9x, it seeks AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS in the root directory of the boot drive, and WINSTART.BAT in the Windows folder. Under Windows NT4 or 2000, it seeks AUTOEXEC.NT and CONFIG.NT in the Windows System folder. With this feature, you will not only know that a critical file has changed, you will see the differences between the saved file and the new file.

http://pascal.oudot.free.fr/telechar/logs/inctrl5.exe

3) Total Uninstall : has a "Undo" function and a "regedit" look to show new/modified keys. Cares for the SharedDLLs. Reports in txt format. Able to uninstall an application. Can exclude some folders (TIF, e.g.), not possible with RegShot or Inctrl5.

http://www.geocities.com/ggmartau/download/download.html (homepage)

http://www.simtel.net/pub/dl/61416.shtml


I must say that some applications create keys when you use them for the first time and even later, depending on the options you use. It's maybe interesting to record the second snapshot after a while, not just after installation has ended. So it's very difficult to track everything but with such tools, you have more control on your system and (almost) all the "garbage" left by applications can be wiped.
The best for you is maybe to format and restart from scratch with Windows and then, track everything you install with a snapshot tool. I don't *hate* my Registry but I'm not ready to allow programs to leave garbage in my registry and my disk when I uninstall them. :)
Even if you have nothing to install, you can try one of this tool. Take the first "picture" when you start Windows and take the second just before the shutdown. You will see a lot of modifications in the registry and in your files. I do it since my last format and I keep the daily reports in an archive, so I know exactly when a key/file has been added/created/removed.

Pierre.
 
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