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« on: March 25, 2008, 02:01:42 PM »

I'm wondering if there's a way to monitor system changes (file writing, registry modification etc) done by softwares. In fact, i'd like to be able to launch my Wacom tablet control panel (yes, again), change a property and get a log of the operations induced by this action (modification to a file or the registry or whatever).

Which software could i use ?

Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2008, 08:05:57 PM »

I think that SandboxIE could probably do this. I've found that it doesn't work will ALL apps, but when it works, it allows you to know where it has written. (it doesn't tell you where the app read, though.. i think)
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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2008, 08:10:41 PM »

Mmmm, I guess any software installation monitor like REVO Uninstaller or Total Uninstall will fit the bill. Regshot if you want something simpler without all the extra features of the other two.
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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2008, 08:12:13 PM »

This might be what you want:

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FileMon monitors and displays file system activity on a system in real-time. Its advanced capabilities make it a powerful tool for exploring the way Windows works, seeing how applications use the files and DLLs, or tracking down problems in system or application file configurations. Filemon's timestamping feature will show you precisely when every open, read, write or delete, happens, and its status column tells you the outcome. FileMon is so easy to use that you'll be an expert within minutes. It begins monitoring when you start it, and its output window can be saved to a file for off-line viewing. It has full search capability, and if you find that you're getting information overload, simply set up one or more filters.

Filemon from Sysinternals(Microsoft)
http://technet.microsoft....ysinternals/bb896642.aspx
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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2008, 08:14:26 PM »

File Monitoring Software:

InstallSpy and FingerPrint from 2BrightSparks (Both freeware but no longer supported. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for info and download links)

Tiny Watcher by Olivier Lombart (Free and hosted on DC)

InstallWatch by Epsilon Squared (Free)

Syslog (Free, simple file monitoring tool, not updated in a long time but does a good job, I have this one in my startup folder. Scroll down the page for the download link)

LogMonitor (Free, was recomended in the forums)

FileChecker (Free)

Registry compare tool

Regshot (Free, Open-source)
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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2008, 08:15:55 PM »

I wonder.... how many software has DonationCoder hosted in subpages without no one noticing?
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« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2008, 10:59:09 PM »

The file modified is in Documents and Settings\Username\Application Data\WTablet and it is called Wacom_Tablet.dat

I've posted a possible solution to your original question about changing settings with a hotkey over in your other thread:
http://www.donationcoder....12604.msg107037#msg107037
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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2008, 06:54:49 AM »

Tahnks a lot for your answers. Unfortunately i've tried every program and couldn't find any answer.

I even watched wacom_tablet.dat and couldn't find any modifications to the file.

I'll keep looking.
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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2008, 02:55:56 PM »

Unfortunately i've tried every program and couldn't find any answer.

I even watched wacom_tablet.dat and couldn't find any modifications to the file.

Tried just asking Wacom?  There's no real reason for them to be coy about asnwering this -- they might just hand you the answer.
Not much to lose by trying...
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