How to tell what changes a program is making to the registry?

ehtan

I know that the registry in Windows is changing all the time, but is there a straightforward way to see what specific changes a particular program is making? Thanks.

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StillADotcommer
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You could use Microsoft Process Monitor. It may be overkill for your needs, but it's worth checking out.

Here is the link to the description and download.

Christopher Nerney
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I don't know that you can see the changes in real-time or on the fly when using a program (and if anyone does know, give us a shout-out), but there are a number of tools that allow you to take before and after "snapshots" of your registry so you can determine if a particular app install made any changes.

 

This article lists eight free tools. That should give you a good start.

jimlynch
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This article might be useful.

SpyMe Tools Tracks Changes to Your Windows Registry
http://lifehacker.com/5162963/spyme-tools-tracks-changes-to-your-windows...

"Windows only: If you like to keep a close eye on what changes new software installations make to your system, SpyMe Tools provides step-by-step snapshots of your registry and shows you what's changed."

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