Program that compiles list of installed programs?

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  1. Kwesi

    Kwesi Supporting Member

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    Does something like this exist? Alternatively how do you guys go about keeping track of installed programs when doing a clean install. I'll be doing both OSX and Windows either tomorrow or the day after
  2. naetog

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    For Windows I use CCleaner. Go to "Tools" -> 'uninstall' and there will be list of installed programs. On the bottom right of the window is an option to output the list to a text file.

    The program can also be used to clean up your registry (as long as you know what you're doing).

    Keep in mind that not all programs (such as those simply copied from a .zip file) will show up because they are not "installed" in the system, but rather just ran from the file downloaded.
  3. Frank Tuesday

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    I just keep a folder of all of my installation files. Whenever I wipe the system clean, I just reinstall everything from the backup as needed.
  4. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid Banned

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    <3 ccleaner
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  6. fisticuffs

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    On a Mac you can use AppZapper. I also use OmniDiskSweeper to clean up. A clean install is rarely necessary on a Mac.
  7. skwee

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    Your system profiler on the mac should show you a list of Evvvrything
  8. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member

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    With modern day OSes computers, wiping the system clean should be a very rare occurrence.
    I can't think of a good reason to do it actually, other than major HDD corruption or going from 32 to 64 bits.

    On Windows you can change pretty much any hardware part, even the motherboard without reinstalling the system since Vista. It always was possible with Linux.
    It won't make your computer any faster, installing/getting rid of applications is dead easy.
    Why do you want to do this ?
  9. Kwesi

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    Thanks for the suggestions ya'll!

    You know, I don't actually have a real reason. It's just been something I've done yearly-ish. The closest thing I have to one now is upgrading to OSX Mavericks from Lion
  10. Pilgrim

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    Belarc Advisor (free for home use) gives you a nice snapshot of what's on your PC computer, and even shows the product keys for your MS software. You can even print the result of a Belarc search so you can have a record of your product keys in case you need to re-install after some disaster - VERY handy!

    http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

    If you have a Mac, I got nothin' - but Macs are perfect and never fail, right?
  11. Frank Tuesday

    Frank Tuesday

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    I do it once or twice a year just to do it. Backup files, format the drive and start over from scratch. Computer usually runs faster afterwards. To me it is like giving stuff to goodwill. Throw everything in a pile and only keep what you still use.

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