Microsoft Change Analysis Diagnostic Tool for Windows XP (SP2)

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The Change Analysis Diagnostic simplifies the identification of recent changes to computers running Windows XP. The diagnostic checks for recent changes to the following:

  • Operating system components, such as patches, that are installed as hotfixes or downloads from Windows Update.
  • Installed application entries listed in the Add or Remove Programs control panel.
  • All kernel mode device and file system drivers.
  • Browser helper objects loaded by Internet Explorer.
  • ActiveX controls loaded by Internet Explorer.
  • Programs loaded automatically during Windows XP startup.
  • Programs and Dynamic Link Libraries (DLLs) loaded when an application starts.

After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

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Nice tool, not very happy that it requires System Restore to be running though.
 

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Other then the fact it can and has been very usefull in some cases granted it wont bring your system back but I say 8 out of 10 times it does
 

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I don't really have a preference either way really, I just have always disabled it. I don't use it at home, my company disables it by default, so I was just making an observation that it has to be enabled for this tool to work is all.
 

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I always disabled it in XP, but the new System Restore in Vista is totally worth leaving on, simply because of Previous Versions, one of my favorite features. :)
 

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Other then the fact it can and has been very usefull in some cases granted it wont bring your system back but I say 8 out of 10 times it does

I've never seen system restore do anything other than be a safe haven for viruses/malware or completely hose a system when used. Nothing like rolling back the registry a few months and see what happens.
 

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Agreed, also because it's much harder to disable than it was in previous versions :p
It's still just one checkbox to disable it in Vista. :)
It is harder to control the amount of space that it uses, yes. There's no exposed UI for that anymore.
 

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Well, that's kinda what I meant, sorta.

Time for bed, it's been a long day :eek:
 

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