Mar 25, 2013

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

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.

This article might be useful.

SpyMe Tools Tracks Changes to Your Windows Registry

"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."

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.


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.

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