Q1. What is WhatChanged for Windows?
WhatChanged For Windows is a diagnostic tool that targets the broad area of Change Management. The program takes and stores snapshots which include detailed information about the file system, registry and system configuration.
Snapshots can be scheduled to be automatically taken at off-peak times or taken on command. Detailed comparisons to previous snapshots are possible. System registry can be restored to a previous known good state with one click.
The following categories of information are maintained:
For each category, a comparison between two Snapshots or a Snapshot and your current configuration can be viewed. Unlike first generation products, only differences are stored to maximize speed and minimize disk space usage.
Q2. What are the program components?
Q3. How much disk space does the program use?
Unlike first generation products, WhatChanged stores only differences thereby minimizing the usage of disk space.
The program stores binary files in two locations on the local machine (to guard against corruption due to unforeseen circumstances). One is the Working Folder which defaults to the same location as program location (you can change this via the Configuration menu). The other is the location you choose during installation (default is C:\WCSnapshots). Each location may grow to occupy about 40MB depending on the size of the machine and the number of objects. If both locations are on the same disk, plan to have about 80MB of disk space.
In addition to the above, the Enterprise edition, stores snapshot in a shared common directory. This directory may group to 40xN MB in size where N is the total number of participating machines.
Q4. Is a trial version available?
Q5. What are Snapshots?
Snapshots are binary data files, which contain detailed information on the file system, registry and system configuration. They may be taken automatically at preset intervals or on command.
As the system changes over time, changes may be compared from previous snapshots. The program can store an unlimited number of previous snapshots. Unlike first generation products, only differences are maintained thus minimizing disk space usage.
Snapshots are identified by the date/time of the capture. A Description may be assigned to each snapshot.
The pull down menu on the main screen allows you to select a previously stored snapshot for comparison.
Q6. How can I compare Snapshots?
Q7. Can I take a snapshot on demand?
On Demand Snapshots can be taken by the user at any time to record the current system configuration.
It is often helpful to take a Snapshot both before and after making any major changes to your system.
This type of Snapshot can be very helpful if the change doesn’t go well, as it enables you to quickly restore the configuration that was working just prior to the change.
Q8. Can snapshots be scheduled?
Snapshot Scheduling can be used to automatically perform Snapshots at periodic intervals such as hourly, daily, weekly, monthly.
This helps ensure that your most recent working configuration is captured in a Snapshot for use by the Restore function – if your system develops a problem.
The time and the frequency of automatic snapshots may be configured via the Options|System Configuration menu.
Q9. What is the Change View?
You may choose to see only those files or registry items that have changed by selecting the Change View button. Only changed folders, files, registry keys and values are shown in this view of the system.
Float the cursor over the icons for a description.
Q10. What is the Full View?
When Full View is selected, the change browser shows all folders, files and registry entries. Of course, you may use the icons readily identify changed items. Float the cursor over the icons for a description.
This option is useful when you need to view changes in relation to rest of the system.
Q11. How can I quickly find an item in the tree?
Use the Find button to search for a particular name of key, file or folder. The search supports wildcard searches (*) as well.
Click on the sub-tree where you want to begin the search, provide the name of the key, file or folder that you want to find.