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Windows XP Tips, Illustrations and registry edits
Sometimes when you install a software application and later discover that the installed application have made Windows unstable. In this situation, what would you do if the following factors are true? :
In either case, it's not possible to rollback the system configuration to the previous state (before you installed the software). While normal applications (which does not install any Kernel mode components) rarely cause instability to Windows, some applications which install filter drivers, or an additional Service may easily bring down the performance of the Operating System.
Here are the best practices you need to follow before installing a new software.
Though there are several third-party utilities which can capture registry changes and utilities which can capture file system changes, System Mechanic from www.iolo.com is impressive. It's a complete system maintenance tool which includes a registry cleaner, duplicate files finder, Safe Installer (which we are going to discuss about) and much more tools.........
Safe Installer is a feature using which you can track the File and registry changes made by an application installation. First, it tracks the pre-installation snapshot of the registry and file system. Then launches the setup program that you specify. Once the installation is done, the post-setup snapshot is generated. Finally, the pre-setup and post-setup snapshots are compared automatically and output is generated as a TXT file, which you can open in Notepad.
Launch System Mechanic. From the System tab, click Safe Installer button
Type a Report description and then choose the setup file for the application which you want to install.
Choose Next and choose the drive-letters you wish to monitor. Click Next, Next and type the Report file name and location.
From the Snapshot tab, click Start. The current registry and the file structure are now stored in a pre-setup snapshot.
Once completed, run the setup program for the application which you want to install.
After installation is complete, click Done: Report button. This launches the post-setup snapshot. Final result is the comparison report which contains all the additional registry entries and files modified by the application installer.
Open the report in
Notepad and view the contents, to know the list of changes made in
System behaves strangely after an application was installed ?
In case the system behaves strangely (slow boot, shutdown, weird behavior while performing an operation) after the installation of an application, here are the steps you need to take: