Software registration info goes into Evernote, because it's so easy to clip from whatever the source -- email, web pages, etc.
Once in a blue moon I do an inventory of what's installed using Belarc Advisor. But I don't try to keep any real, accurate listing.
Yeah, Belarc shows me a lot of good info, but not really in a fashion where I can use it for anything other than looking at it.
I have also used several other programs that show what is currently installed, like:
- jv16 Powertools
- My Uninstaller
- Revo Unisntaller
All of those show a list of installed programs that can be copied and pasted into a text file (I use Notepad++) and then the text files can be opened in Excel. Last year I did this with all of the above and then created a spreadsheet in Excel with a separate worksheet tab for each set of data. Then I compared what each application had found.
Surprisingly they were all fairly consistent, though there were omissions on all of them. Plus none of them new about the programs that are not installed permanently in Windows, of course, nor know the serial/registration codes. I also usually save registration codes in Evernote and OneNote 2007 (Hadn't decided which would be my permanent long-term clipper program. With Evernote 3 taking a different turn, it looks like Ultra Recall might be the one). So I have a lot of the codes in the Excel sheet, but some are actually reg or license key files. (In Ultra Recall attaching the key files is simple).
But all-in-all, it is a lot of work to maintain this. Understand I am trying to do this for my desktop computer, my notebook, and a new computer I got for my wife. And something like reinstalling the OS on each at least every year or two makes it even more fun!
With all the amazing utilities that are available, you would think that tracking installed software and all its attributes/data, serial codes, version tracking, installer files, etc. would be a popular one. But there are virtually none that are dedicated to this. I would think that such a program would be worth a lot on the market, but in reality not many people would probably be willing to part with their money for this - only geeky folk like DCers!