How to trace a program with Revo Uninstaller Pro


The tracing feature of Revo Uninstaller Pro allows it to build a special log file by closely monitoring a program’s installation. That log can be used later for a more thorough removal.

You can start tracing an installation in one of two ways.

1. If you are using the standard (installable) version of Revo Uninstaller Pro, you can right click the installation file, and select Install with Revo Uninstaller Pro.

how to trace a program

2. The other way is from inside Revo Uninstaller Pro itself. Start Revo Uninstaller Pro, click the Install Program with Revo Uninstaller Pro button on the left side, then select the installation file for the program you wish to trace.

how to trace a program

The installer for the program will launch, along with the Revo AppBar, which performs the monitoring.

The AppBar can appear either horizontally, at the top of the screen, or as a small, floating bar. The former is the default mode for the standard (installable) version of Revo Uninstaller Pro, whereas the latter is the default for the portable version. The defaults can of course be changed in Revo Uninstaller Pro’s options.

Install the program as you normally would.

After the program is installed, make sure to launch it once. That way it will create its configuration data (so that Revo Uninstaller Pro can trace it as well), if that hadn’t been done during the installation.

After you have closed the program, you can then stop the tracing process, and save the log file.

An important note: if the installation prompts for a system reboot, please decline.
If Revo Uninstaller Pro detects that a reboot is initiated, it will attempt to automatically save the traced data to a log file, however this may not always be successful, so you may lose the trace log entirely.

Click the Stop button on the AppBar (the one with the square) (1).
Revo Uninstaller Pro will suggest a name for the trace log, which you can change if you wish (2).
Click the Save button on the AppBar (the one with the floppy disk) (3).

how to trace a program
how to trace a program

Revo AppBar will close, and the new trace log will appear momentarily in the Trace Programs module in Revo Uninstaller Pro.

The tracing module can only be used to trace standard programs, it cannot be used to trace installation of apps from the Microsoft Store.

Do not start any other programs during tracing. That way you ensure that the trace log is as clean as possible, and does not contain any entries that may be related to other programs.

Do not trace multiple program installations simultaneously.

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