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utility that logs what files and where and registry changes of installers

Postby awgamer » 2018-4-17 @ 03:20

Didn't find a thread with a quick search. I used to have a utility that did this, the process would be run the utility, do the install, run the utility again for uninstalling/see what changes the installer made. I'm seeing lots of remover/cleanup tools but they all seem to be appliance/black box type utilities where as I want to see what changes were made, anyone know a utility that does this?
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Re: utility that logs what files and where and registry changes of installers

Postby kixs » 2018-4-17 @ 12:47

I used to use Total Uninstall:

https://www.martau.com/

It tracks everything you mentioned and you can also see what where the changes.
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Re: utility that logs what files and where and registry changes of installers

Postby aqrit » 2018-4-17 @ 21:12

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Re: utility that logs what files and where and registry changes of installers

Postby Stretch » 2018-4-20 @ 00:08

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Re: utility that logs what files and where and registry changes of installers

Postby CookiePLMonster » 2018-4-20 @ 13:57

Alternately, Sandboxie. Everything installer touches will end up being in the sandbox.
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Re: utility that logs what files and where and registry changes of installers

Postby Stiletto » 2018-4-20 @ 14:40

PC Magazine (USA version) used to have a utility their staff programmers developed themselves, back in the day. Can't remember the name, I may track it down later. It worked well, I last used it in 2003 sometime.

[EDIT] It's called InCtrl 5.
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Re: utility that logs what files and where and registry changes of installers

Postby DosDaddy » 2018-4-30 @ 11:16

Call me a square, but Process Monitor still does it for me.

Works perfectly fine on XP despite the suggestion it may actually not.
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Re: utility that logs what files and where and registry changes of installers

Postby chinny22 » 2018-5-03 @ 11:12

Back in the Win95 days I used Quarterdeck CleanSweep which sounds very similar. (run the scan before and after)
It became Symantec Cleansweep few years later.
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