This article contains information on how to compare the contents of two different appsets (packages). Any differencing software can be used, but this article will show an example using Beyond Compare.



Extracting the Information


To view strictly the registry keys/values, please follow these steps:

  1. Open the .aib file for each appset.
  2. Navigate to and select Application Information > Registry Keys & Values.
  3. Click Edit Data. This will open a new window.
  4. In the section titled Export registry information, make sure Sort keys is the only option selected, and click Export (the file will be saved as .txt).

  5. Use a tool to compare the contents of the exported files. An example of a tool that can be used is a program called Beyond Compare. (Instructions on how to get started with Beyond Compare is at the bottom of this article.)


To view the other contents of the .aib file, please follow these steps:
  1. Open the .aib file for each respective appset.
  2. Navigate to and select File Information > File Records.
  3. Click Edit Data. This will open a new window.
  4. In the section titled Export file information, be sure to put a check mark next to every box, and click Export (the file will be saved as .txt).

  5. Tip: In order to more efficiently compare the data, some erroneous columns can be removed. To remove some of the columns, import the file into Microsoft Excel.

  6. Assuming File Path is column A, delete columns 2, 4, 8, 9, and 10. Do this for each file that has been exported.

  7. Save the file as .csv (with the removed columns).

  8. Use a tool to highlight the differences for each appset.


Using Beyond Compare


  1. Download trial version here: http://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php
  2. Open application. Choose which file/folder type to compare. (Example: For text file (.txt) comparison, click on Text Compare, as seen in the below screenshot).



  3. When the type has been selected, open both files using the two open file options (circled in the screenshot below). Files will then be loaded side by side for comparison. 



DISCLAIMER - Numecent is not affiliated with Scooter Software, creators of Beyond Compare, in any way. Links and images to Scooter Software and Beyond Compare application are subject to change at Scooter Software's discretion, and may not necessarily reflect in this support article.




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