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This program is designed to extract information from PCs and relies upon the your local expertise on manipulating the data.  It does not require each PC user to do this manipulation, just the administrator who collects all the files together and creates a report.  The files are in a format that is easily imported into common programs like Access or Excel.  The program generates three text files which are easily appended together.

The first file shows the view from the desktop.  A sample of the raw data file is here and a printout from file after being read by Excel and formatted is here (in Adobe Acrobat format - to view, zoom in to about 300% or print out).  (If you have trouble clicking on the raw data file, right click on the link and select "Save As" from the menu options that come up to bring it over to your local PC.  Then use Excel or an editor to view the file.)  Note the following characteristics:

The first line (after the heading) includes a BIOS Identification number, explained with the product
Lines 3-322 show the entire menuing system that can be reached from the Programs selection off of the Windows "Start" button
Lines 323-335 show the information from the icons on the desktop
Lines 336-338 show the information from the history of the "Run..." command off the Windows "Start" button
For each of these entries, there is a listing of the following fields embedded by the product manufacturer in the executable file itself:
Company (provides either the company name, if specified by the manufacturer for this file or the name of the file that is launched, which often includes clues as to identity of the file.)
(file) Description
(file) Version
(file) Copyright
(product) Name
(product) Version
Comments by manufacturer
Each line also includes the date this file was last accessed.   The theory behind providing this information is that a file that hasn't been opened in a "long" time may earn a lower priority than one used every day in any remediation effort.

Note that this is just one possible view that can be made from these files with obviously minimal work.  By hiding some of the columns, the text can be made readable or pages can be printed two pages wide.

The second & third files show the view from the Registry.   One shows the Registry keys and the other shows detailed Registry values.  The primary file of these two (Registry keys) is usually the only one that needs to be accessed.  This view reflects values from the Windows Registry as described elsewhere.

This view presents only the Registry information itself.

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