Loging what is writen to harddrive

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    Loging what is writen to harddrive

    Hy ppl,
    I wonder if one can write a prog (either Vb or C or similar) that captures all that is writen to harddisk.
    AT first hand i wanted to write a prog that compares two registry exports. But i soon discovered that regedit-->export doesn´t write all registry entries to file.
    What i want to do is a prog that logs every thing that is writen to harddrive. I need someone to tell me the way how to acomplish this. May it be with interrupt calls (what i think is not able cause windows blocks them) or with an api call.

    Thanks in advance

    --Zhjim--

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    You'd have to create a system-wide hook of some sort. You may want to check MSDN for more info.
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    Start your research here.

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    Thx guys,
    but the stuff with "change journal records" won´t work
    qouted from msdn <a href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/fileio/base/change_journal_records.asp">link here</a>
    The change journal logs only the fact of a change to a file and the reason for the change (for example, write operations, truncation, lengthening, deletion, and so on). It does not record enough information to allow reversing the change.

    I looking up the hook stuff.
    Could it made with a prog that starts before windows loads? And when yes where do put it?


    P.S. can u tell me what is wrong with my html for link

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    vB Code Help

    What exactly are you trying to do/accomplish?
    There is probably a better a way.

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    Thx for the link
    Ok what I want to do is:
    I want to have a program that tells we me which registry entries or files remain after i deinstalled a certain program.
    U know those Trial vErsion , they always know when u installed them and at what date the evaluation period is through.
    Like sad before i tried with comparing two reg files. But not all entries are writen to file. And i also came up with the idea that progs might leave a file to know when the were installed.
    If u got an idea how to acomplish this, let me hear it .
    And to tell the truth i realy would like to log changes to files during a window session.

    regards
    --Zhjim--

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    Obtaining Directory Change Notifications

    Use RegNotifyChangeKeyValue() for monitoring changes to the registry.

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    You could do it brute force.

    1)Export your registry
    2)Create a list of all the files and directories on your computer
    3)Uninstall or Install the program
    4)Export your registry
    5)Create a list of all the files and directories on your computer
    6)Diff the registry files and the list of files/directories.

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