Does anyone have a good tool for silent, real-time, system-wide registry monitoring?

All of the tools I've seen have one of two problems:

  1. They poll for changes, instead of get events in real-time
  2. They can't be run without an intrusive GUI (procmon!!)

This seems like it would be a simple and straightforward utility and yet I haven't been able to find one yet, which surprises me.


Note: This is for Windows 7 x64.


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Process Monitor has a GUI as you mentioned.

And it also has a feature called "Boot Logging", which turns Process Monitor into a driver that monitors everything silently until you start it again and disable it.

Process Monitor Boot Logging


There is a solution to the GUI problem. You run the application as service in Session 0.

There is an program that allows you to access Session 0 GUIs so you can interact with them as needed.


  • interesting! wasn't aware of that capability. Is there anything special that needs to be done to run it as a service? I tried a few different ways to install exe as a service (nssm, sc, srvany, etc) without any luck, but I might have been doing it wrong...
    – J B
    Commented May 3, 2015 at 2:39
  • Sorry, I've never had a need to use it or install my own service. I stumbled upon it (or a similar piece of software) years ago and thought it was interesting. I wish I had an answer for you. Commented May 11, 2015 at 1:07
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    @BlindWanderer, What is this program all about? It says "Unable to start Switch To Session 0: This application will not run on this version of Windows because Session 0 is not available here."
    – Pacerier
    Commented Jun 9, 2015 at 9:53

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