Keeping track of every file from an installer

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Sideshow Todd, Feb 25, 2004.

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  1. Sideshow Todd

    Sideshow Todd Registered Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    I am in need of an application that will allow me to look into an installer to not only see
    what files will be installed, but where each and every file will be sent to.....including the
    registry. The application doesn’t nee to be fancy. I’m more interested in ease of use.

  2. Sideshow Todd

    Sideshow Todd Registered Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    This includes any of dll, ini files...and so on and so forth.
  3. sick0

    sick0 Registered Member

    Feb 12, 2004
    try Ashampoo Uninstaller Suite Plus or Total Uninstall (freeware)
  4. steve1955

    steve1955 Registered Member

    Feb 7, 2004
    Sunny(in my dreams)Manchester,England
    I think he wants to know what will be installed before it is installed not what has been installed after an app has been installed(lot of installs there!)
  5. myself

    myself Guest

    What you want is impossible since most of installers are packed and self-protected.
    Some external programs allow you to see inside some of those installers, but it's rare, and you can only look at the files within, that's all. As for the registry, forget it in general, because you can't see the code inside those packed installers (.exe), and they are well protected against tampering...

    We're speaking here of professionnal installers, not the easy way like Zip self-extracting .exe
  6. FanJ

    FanJ Guest

    Well, although I'm not completely sure whether this is the answer that Sideshow Todd was looking for, here are some suggestions:

    Use Inctrl from PCMag.

    Use a file-integrity-checker and a registry-integrity-checker.

    For files: ADinf32 Pro
    Run it before and after installing that program.
    ADinf32 Pro is capable to show you every change (change, added, deleted) with respect to files on your system.
    Use also NISFileCheck as file-integrity-checker. Set it up the way you like. It gives you other kind of info than ADinf32.

    For registry: RegRun Gold

    To be even more certain about the registry:
    Export and save your registry before installing and after installing.
    Use Beyond Compare to compare those two.

    Make sure you have a good backup image before installing.
    If you don't like what you're seeing after the installation, then go back to that backup image.
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