Registry Live Watch for Windows

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 29, 2017
Updated • Dec 29, 2017

Registry Live Watch is a free portable program for Microsoft Windows devices. The primary purpose of the program is to monitor a Registry key for changes.

I stumbled upon the program on Major Geeks today. It is quite old; the release dates back to the year 2009. The fact that it has not been updated for years means that it is abandoned by its developer and that you should not expect updates for it.

Still, Registry Live Watch works fine on any supported version of Windows, and even on systems running the unsupported Windows XP and Vista operating systems.

Registry Live Watch

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Registry Live Watch displays all options on a single page. You set the Registry key that you want the program to monitor at the top, and make other modifications afterward.

The program supports all major root keys and requires that you add the key that you want to monitor in the format Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer.

You have two options to customize the monitoring:

  1. Change what you want to monitor.
  2. Define an action.

The program monitors the selected key for any modification by default and writes these events to a log file.

You can monitor keys, values, or security instead. This is useful in certain scenarios, for instance when you want to make sure that a specific key is not changed, or that security permissions are not changed.

Registry Live Watch can pop up a message or execute a program instead as well. The option to execute a program on change is quite handy. You can run executable files or batch scripts, for instance, to revert any change to a value immediately.

The program needs to run for the monitoring. A click on start monitor starts the process, and you can minimize the program to the System Tray afterward. The application uses roughly 6 Megabytes of RAM when minimized and monitoring.

The only other option that you have is to save the log file to the system.

Closing Words

Registry Live Watch is a handy portable program for Windows. It is abandoned by its developer but works fine even on modern versions of the operating system that Microsoft released after the year 2009.

The main limitation of it is that it monitors a single key only. If you need to monitor multiple keys and Registry hives, try a software like RegistryChrangesView by Nirsoft, Registry Alert, or RegFromApp.

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  1. AJ North said on December 31, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Tony, no problems with FF 52.5.3 ESR, either.

    By chance do you use NoScript and / or uBlock Origin (or similar)? If so, and you have not yet tried experimenting with permissions, then see whether doing so solves your issue.

  2. KeZa_BE said on December 30, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    No problems here…

  3. JV said on December 30, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    No problem here styling wise (Firefox 57.0.3).

  4. Tony said on December 29, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Martin, I think others have mentioned that there is something wrong with the styling of your site. It makes it very hard to read. It is a sporadic issue. Maybe do a full malware scan, and see if any files are corrupt.

    1. TelV said on December 31, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      @ Tony,

      If using Firefox or one of the forks like Basilisk or Waterfox create a new profile.

      I don’t have any problems with this site myself.

    2. Tony said on December 30, 2017 at 10:08 am

      I should add that it has only been happening for a week or two.

  5. James T. said on December 29, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    I tried winpatrol because I am OCD

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