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Windows XP – Change Analysis Diagnostic

March 28, 2007

Perhaps I should have been a bit more thoughtful in my title, as just reading that probably doensn’t neccessarily warrant a read of the post. Anyway…

A new tool put out by Microsoft for Windows XP came out recently that tells you, when ran, what recently changed on the computer. You know, when something stops working and you tell yourself “But I didn’t do anything”, or “What do you mean what did I do? Nothing has changed!”.

This tool will tell the truth. It might make an ass out of you. But that’s what it is supposed to.

Overview

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.

So do yourself a favor when something, out of nowhere, goes awry and you want an answer on why it did. I have not yet tested this tool, but I’m sure it does a fine job… but if it crashes your PC, um… um… don’t look at me.

Here is the download link. It is a validation-required download.

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