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Capture software installation via snapshot before/after
In this quick guide we will explain how you can create a project using the built-in snapshot module that is able to capture all activities in the files and registry system between two scans. We recommend to install ZOLA Repackage And Deployment on a fresh install of Windows or running the product inside a VMWare, Oracle VirtualBox etc... client.
The advantage of running ZOLA Repackage And Deployment program on a fresh installed Windows will increase the capture rate of monitoring all the files and registry system changes when installing a software. If you are going to monitor a uninstallation of a software it is not so important to have a fresh Windows as the uninstallation process is always the same i.e.. removing of files and registry in Windows.
Create a new project using the built-in Snapshot module
Before you start please make sure you already downloaded the software you are going to install and have the setup file available on the Windows desktop or in another place where you can execute it.
To take a system snapshot click on the ... Project Management button or right click on the listview to get the popup menu. Then next select ... Create New Project > Based on System Snapshot Before/After.
From this dialog you can tweak your capture settings but we recommend you to always use default settings from the original installation of the product. If you are going to monitor software installation that contains complex driver installation you must check the ... My modification is heavily advanced and contains one or more service or driver installations.
To start the capture click on the ... Create First Snapshot button.
Taking first snapshot started.
First snapshot of files and registry system complete, now install your software and configure it for your needs.
After completing the software installation and other modifications to the operating system then click on the ... Compare Changes button to take the second snapshot and compare the changes that where applied during the software installation process.
Now the first and second snapshot is ready and you can view your results in the project editor. Click next on the ... Show Results button to move to the next step and view your captured results.
Project editor will be opened and there you can review your captured results, and modify it
on your own knowledge. When you are sure you have the desired results then click on the ... Save Project button to move to the next step.
Next we need to give the project a name and description. It is very important before you click the ... Save Now button to have the Repository project results checked. The repository action will copy all the files and registry that where captured into a repository storage. When a project is available in the repository storage you can deploy it to remote computers in your network.
After clicking the ... Save Now button the program will copy all files and registry entries that where captured into the assigned repository storage and show the results.
When repository task is completed you should have your project created successfully and should be available in the program project view.
Now when you have a project available you can perform various tasks like Deploy it to remote computers, Uninstall the project file and registry info from your remote computers or convert it into a self-installing Windows Installer msi file for distribution etc...
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