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Windows 7: How to determine files an install creates ?

01 Dec 2010   #1
skint

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
How to determine files an install creates ?

Is there an easy way to determine what files an installation has created ? More specifically i am interested in drivers that have been installed. I know i could do a 'before' and 'after' on various folders or i could turn on windows installer tracing but the product i'm interested in is ALREADY installed.

thanks for any help.

skint


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01 Dec 2010   #2
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by skint View Post
Is there an easy way to determine what files an installation has created ? More specifically i am interested in drivers that have been installed. I know i could do a 'before' and 'after' on various folders or i could turn on windows installer tracing but the product i'm interested in is ALREADY installed.

thanks for any help.

skint
Sorry for the ubrupt answer, but No.

The only way would be to do a trace on Windows Installer (I'd like to know myself how to do that). If the product is already installed, then it can't be done.

EDIT:
If the installer is in the form of an MSI file, then you can try to use Orca, from the Microsoft platform SDK.
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01 Dec 2010   #3
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

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01 Dec 2010   #4
skint

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

thanks for the replies...

re .1: I thought it may not be possible and i am familiar with tracing an install and using ORCA so this approach may work for me (though i'll need to get hold of the kit from somewhere)

re .2: Useful tools which i'll add to my 'toolkit'. thanks.

skint
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01 Dec 2010   #5
mikedl

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Hi, skint! Welcome to the Seven Forums!

I see you're in good hands with Bill and Dzomlija (they're both wonderful fonts of knowledge) as well as having quite a bit of insight yourself.

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I thought it may not be possible and i am familiar with tracing an install and using ORCA so this approach may work for me (though i'll need to get hold of the kit from somewhere)
Perhaps I can help you with the above part of your post by presenting this link?
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01 Dec 2010   #6
xwray

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 
Killing two birds

I have used Total Uninstall for many years. It is a program that keeps track of every file/registry change made by a program when you install it. You can then use Total Uninstall should you ever decided to remove the installed program in the future. It does a complete uninstallation as opposed to windows uninstall or the installed program's uninstaller - it leaves nothing behind. you can view the log at any time and it will show you all of the changes made during an install via a tree list.

I install and uninstall many programs and Total Uninstall has never let me down nor corrupted my system in any way.

Bottom line: Total Uninstall provides the change info you are seeking plus you get the best uninstaller I am aware of. It is shareware but if memory serves you can try it before you buy it.
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01 Dec 2010   #7
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

I would just see what the creation date on the program folder was and odds are highly likely that any file it installed will have been created around that very same time on the system. Then, just do a search based on that date/time by typing something like "datecreated:<date>" where <date> is the date the program was installed, then search through the list of files for those created at or around the same time as the program folder.

It may not be 100% accurate if a bunch of programs were installed around the same time but it's your best shot.
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29 Dec 2010   #8
jenkins

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

I have 2 hard drives.

If I open an game installer while I am using hard drive 1 (as the master drive) and I install the game into a directory on hard drive 2, will anything be installed or left on hard drive 1?
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29 Dec 2010   #9
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

It is very possible that things will still be written to the primary drive that holds the OS you are running. For example, when install something onto a secondary data drive from the main OS drive, it often needs to write values to the registry which is on the main OS drive.
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