Can anyone recommend a SNAPSHOT tool?

I watched an AppDeploy free video tutorial and it recommended Install Watch 2.5, a product who's parent site seems to be out of commission. Can anyone recommend a good, simple to use registry, folder, file change, etc., snapshot tool for windows xp? Even if it is more complicated or expensive, I would still be willing to look into purchasing the product.

Install Watch, RegShot and others seem to have fallen out of sight on the internet ...

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Posted by: Rheuvel 12 years ago
Brown Belt
I'm not familiar with Install Watch. Could you be more specific on what you expect of the tool?

What kind of output do you want for example?
Do you want to use it to build a 'package' or simply detect some changes and have it placed in a report?
Posted by: rajdera1 12 years ago
Orange Belt
Use Picture Taker from Lannovation if you want to monitor the changes ,again as Rheuvel pointed out need to be specific on the expectations
Posted by: bowlesrice 12 years ago
Orange Belt
I would like for the software to take a registry, file, and folder structure snapshot prior to software installation. I would install adobe reader (for example), then I would take another snapshot. At this point, I would want the software to return a report to show me what changes were made on the machine for reference, etc. It would also be useful if the software could monitor settings changes caused by a program that is already installed, similar to regfromapp, but capable of monitoring the entire registry and not just the changes caused by a specific process.
Posted by: anonymous_9363 12 years ago
Red Belt
Install Watch 2.5, a product [who's] whose parent site seems to be out of commissionYou can get v2.5 here.
Posted by: bowlesrice 12 years ago
Orange Belt
Thanks to all who posted. I also found 'Registry Watch' which is a great, simple tool for snapshots. I downloaded the other suggestions, including InstallRite, which has all features of Install Watch 2.5, and will be testing those later today.
Posted by: thugz888 12 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt
Hi bowlesrice

I would recommend "installrite" it is easy to use and and free to download. it iwll help you monitor any changes made with file and registry and folders during installation of the software
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