Ask Leo: How do I monitor what changes in my registry?

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How do I monitor what changes in my registry?

By Leo Notenboom

All I want to do is: make a copy of the registry, install a program, make another copy of the registry, and compare to see the changes.

Monitoring what happens in the registry can sometimes be a very useful thing.

I think that in general, you’ll be very surprised at how much activity happens in the registry, particularly for an install.

There are a couple of ways to do what you’re suggesting: comparing before and after snapshots of the registry and monitoring the changes as they happen.

I’ll discuss both.

Comparing Registry Snapshots

Before you run the installation program, run the Registry Editor. Use the Run item on the Start menu, or press the Windows key plus the letter R, and then type in “regedit” and click OK.

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Make sure that the top-level item – “Computer” – is selected as shown above.. Just click it once.

Now click File, and then Export…

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This post is excerpted with permission from Leo Notenboom.

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