For our packaging process, as a first step we currently use Rational Analyzer to capture the changes a software installation makes to a base build machine. We then review the output from the tool to get a clear idea of what files and registry entries have been added, removed or modified.

Does anyone have suggestions for alternative utilities that perform a similar function as Rational Analyzer? Right now we're working with XPSP3, but would like to find something that also works with Windows 7 SP1 32 bit, and potentially 64 bit.

Thanks for any suggestions!
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Hi,
As per your question you are looking for some tools which can used to package the application.
There are many tools available in the market but we have two standard tools which is used most are Wise packaging studio and Adminstudio/Installshield.
Try to evaluate both of them and check which one fits for your company.
I am not sure if Wise packaging studio has 64 bit support .
Answered 04/05/2011 by: sumitsingh1984
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Thanks for the quick reply! We're actually in the process of purchasing licenses for Wise right now. I'm actually looking for something to use outside of Wise...like InstallWatch mentioned in several threads. Unfortunately, it appears the download for that product is no longer available. I also tried out AppDeploy's Repackager utility, but that seems to only work with .exe's.

To be a bit more clear, I'm looking for something that isn't bound to a particular installer and simply takes before and after system state snapshots then generates a report listing file and registry additions, deletions, and/or changes. As an example, we often have users who access proprietary websites which install activex controls and often create additional files and registry entries on the machines. In these situations we take a before snapshot of a machine, visit the website, then take an after snapshot to capture any changes that were made to the system.
Answered 04/05/2011 by: Dans6913
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[link]http://itninja.com/question/silent-uninstall-oracle-8-cilent1453&mpage=1&key=snapshot%2Ctool𑜝[/link]
I couldn´t get System State Analyzer to work on either 32 or 64 bit system, but the other one is very good.
Answered 04/05/2011 by: admaai
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i use this tool for that task: inCtrl5

it's easy to use, does not required an installation and catch all the changes on a computer.
Answered 04/05/2011 by: kardock
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We are using Prism
Answered 04/05/2011 by: itolutions
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Answered 04/05/2011 by: timmsie
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I use InstallWatch (discarded In Control some time ago). A Google search will turn it up in many of the various shareware/freeware sites.
Answered 04/06/2011 by: VBScab
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why have you discarded in control?
Answered 04/06/2011 by: kardock
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I prefer InstallWatch :-)
Answered 04/06/2011 by: VBScab
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ok good reason ;-)

i had a look at install watch. it looks good but it has to be installed first. is that the correct one?
Answered 04/06/2011 by: kardock
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