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Fingerprint Files In Windows To Uncover File Changes

microsoft windowsWhat's the best way of making sure that you know when files are changed in the operating system? It is possible to create a backup and compare the backup with a later stage. Other possibilities include software programs that have been designed to detect changes. Fingerprint is one of those software programs. The computer program can index files from multiple folders or hard drives.

Fingerprint calculates hash values of every file during the first selection unlike many other tools that simply report file size or file date modifications. This way might take a bit longer but it ensures that every modification can be noticed as the program compares the hash values and not data that can be easily modified.

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Some aspects of a directory scan can be configured during setup. It is for instance possible to include or exclude files from the scan, switch from hash generation to file size, date and time records or schedule scans for the profile.

The Windows Task Scheduler is used to schedule file comparisons at a later time or on a regular basis. File changes will be written to a log file that is automatically displayed in the default web browser of the computer system. Fingerprint is a small program for the Windows operating system that can be downloaded from the developer's website.

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