The snapshot.exe utility creates a snapshot of a computer file system and registry and creates a ThinApp project from two previously captured snapshots.

You do not have to start the snapshot.exe utility directly because the Setup Capture wizard starts it.

Only advanced users and system integrators who are building ThinApp capability into other platforms might make direct use of this utility.

Creating a snapshot of a computer file system and registry involves scanning and saving a copy of the following data:

  • File information for all local drives

    This information includes directories, filenames, file attributes, file sizes, and file modification dates.

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and HKEY_USERS registry trees

    ThinApp does not scan HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT and HKEY_CURRENT_USER registry entries because those entries are subsets of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and HKEY_USERS entries.

The snapshot.ini configuration file specifies what directories and subkeys to exclude from a ThinApp project when you capture an application. You might customize this file for certain applications.