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KB Piano 2.5.1 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — KB Piano 2.5.1

KB Piano will turn your computer into a piano and more.
$19.50 EXPIRED
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KB Piano 2.5.1 was available as a giveaway on February 20, 2015!

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Experience seamless screen recording like never before!

KBPiano will turn your computer into a piano and more. Easily create song with multiple instruments (guitar, bass, drums, etc), even if you don't know music theory. Just press the keyboard's keys and you'll hear sounds coming out of your speaker.

KB Piano is a very simple and powerful software. You can easily configure it to play using different instrument sounds (such as guitar, piano, violin). There are 128+ different sounds you can choose from.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ 2003/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1


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File Size:

19.8 MB



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Reply   |   Comment by Bunty Dee  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

great but no usb keyboard input.

Reply   |   Comment by drewi  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

The first time I ran KB PIANO a window opened up discussing how to get started but that window never appeared when I restarted KB PIANO. How may I get that window to open each time I start KB PIANO?

Reply   |   Comment by dan  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

iB Piano 2 Installed and worked fine for me on a Windows 8.1 system and a Windows 7 SP1 system.

However when installed on a second Windows 7 SP1 system gave run time dialog box warnings "can't initialize device" followed by "(Can't open Output device. Try configuring the Output device."

Am still trying to work out whether this means that the default output device (audio output) "DirectSound 8 (DirectX)" is either not installed or is not properly operating on this second Windows 7 system, and what to do about it. Any advice/tips would be appreciated. Haven't had to play around with DirectX for years!

Reply   |   Comment by Tony Austin  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I have been downloading programs occasionally from GOTD for several years. Not many, but some, and some I use often. I have never posted a comment on any program, even the ones I liked and kept.

But today's program deserves a big thumbs up comment! I am an amateur musician that occasionally composes. I have never yet found a program that could do that as easily as this one. THANK YOU to GOTD and to the developer Gabriel Fernandez!

Reply   |   Comment by Richard Packham  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Well, it's quite nice. I kinda wish the advance chord settings didn't disappear every time you select a chord, but it's free. Also your site is down and there's only a couple tube videos on the subject of this program. If there's other tutorials I'd like to see more. I'm giving it a thumbs up and don't understand the negative feedback. I'd like to say anyone can pick this up and use it. The program is explorable and intuitive. It's nothing short of amazing.

Reply   |   Comment by Jarkydrapedoor  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

It'd also be nice to just select chords from the music creator using the presets you made in the kegboard. I'm assuming the site down is due to a hit on the popularity of this being a giveaway so that might be something. It's a sandbox though. I think the documentation is quite unique. I was also gonna say that f10 toggles the menu in practice mode but only if the board isn't the main window.

Reply   |   Comment by Jarkydrapedoor  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I, too, could not install this as it kept saying 'Failed to launch the program' I found the installation was being prevented by Zemana Antilogger. Not sure exactly why but I got round it by temporarily disabling Zemana. Looking forward to playing with KB Piano.

Reply   |   Comment by Prim  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

What A very nice and lovely gift KB Piano 2.5.1 is.....Thank You!!.. G.F.Software and GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by ThKs again'  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Does this work with a USB keyboard--by which I mean, a musical USB keyboard such as the Alexis Q25?

Reply   |   Comment by Null  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

I've used KBPiano since it was just a simple keyboard and recorder. I think it is brilliant!
I own this version, and love it. When Mr. Fernandez added extra features, at first I was actually disappointed, but the SIMPLE interface is still there. On the small qwerty keyboard select "Practice" to practice, and a piano keyboard will appear. Use your qwerty keys to play. Record by selecting the red record button in the upper left corner. Export to MIDI, WMA, or WAV.
If you have midi instruments, this can use them!
I used it with a midi keyboard, a midi guitar and a midi recorder (the flute like instrument called a recorder,) but I mainly use it by itself. It reads midi files! You can use it to learn to play any midi piece. Single track midi files are perfect for new learners. Yeah, it doesn't make a big deal about it, but it is excellent as a teaching aid!

Make sure to check out his free Guitar and Bass software too.
Thank you GOTD and Mr. Fernandez!

Reply   |   Comment by George  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Thank you, GODT, very much for present!
Looks nice, but ... Firstly, I do not have musician talents, second: American is not my native, so this interface is difficult for me for clearly full understanding how to use, from the opinion of person who has not musician ability. So can not say something good or bad.
Another business video or photo softwares...
But in any case, thanks to GOTD for the present (shall stay for somebody` s of my friend, who has musician education and understanding)? because this software is a great possibility to have much sounds for free.

Reply   |   Comment by Ester Ukraine  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Hi, Wonderful Software!:) Loads to learn thou. When I first opened it and tried to play a simple tune I so often sing to my granddaughter (our song:) on piano keyboard (which appears when pressing 'practice') I was able to hear each single and simple notes which make this uncomplicated piece - as underneath that 'piano keyboard' I could see 'test' option. I cannot get it back (help!:) Piano keyboard appears for practicing but single notes I could here before can only be pressed on keyboard-keyboard (same default option as before) but they are not single any more. The song doesn't sound the same (I really wanted to start with the simplest form and record it before moving to something more elaborate and fun) I wrote down that tune when testing (my real piano is so out of tune at the moment I was really glad to hear each note as it should be, lol) - it goes as follows: GGEAG GGEAG GGE GGE GFEDC.. I truly will give it a go, can't be that difficult??:) BTW - having KB Piano2 sent to my taskbar and writing this text - I can hear sounds as I'm writing. What fun!:)

Thanks Gabriel Fernandez and GOTD for this fantastic Giveaway. You made my day!:) Recommended Software.

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Install and register went fine, had no time to check further. Upon getting back home and re-opening the program I got a error window stating can't initialize device folowed by a window stating can't open output device, try configuring the output device.

I can't find any option in the program for this

Reply   |   Comment by Mavadelo  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

thanks man!! greatly appreciate it..checked your other software too..i hope to see a small DAW, more than audacity but lesser than Reaper..

Reply   |   Comment by gogoi  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hi all
I installed to both Win 8.1.2 (or3 not sure lol) & Win 10 TP Build 9926 - without problem & I was a little frustrated trying to find out how to pull a midi file into the program (if the program doesn't do that - then maybe that can be another way the program might go (as I have thousands of midi files - many I have re-arranged & many are still waiting for me to get to. Love some of the sounds - ass far as the ones I was able to get to) I am (was) a professional musician for 50 years (retired now) & after medical problems (during which I couldn't play) I am trying to at least get to the point where I can impress my wife & our friends - but I have the kind that don't leave until the next day & after we have played every song we've ever played. (TMI) Anyway, I will keep this & keep trying to see my way through - Thank you sir & thanks to GOTD for this offering as well. Good Luck doesn't prevent Good Programming (lol - everything helps).

Reply   |   Comment by Thomas Roberts  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I am concerned about installing today's offering, because I seem to have a corrupted sound file on my laptop. It causes many problems, but especially in Skype and when using Chrome (the two things I do the most.) Many programs and browser windows will hang up from time to time, but I am able to get by by copying a line somewhere (which generates a chime sound) Once the chime sounds, whatever program that is hanging begins to respond again. This happens sporadically throughout the day, but more often with Skype.

Any help or ideas would be appreciated, and we can move to a forum if necessary.



Reply   |   Comment by Rich  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Rich, the most basic thing to try would be to reinstall the sound drivers for your computer and see if that clears up the problem. You should be able to find the sound drivers on the download page for your specific computer model on the manufacturer's web site, for example "dell.com" or whatever. Check the "Support" page for a "Drivers" or "Downloads" link.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob Retelle  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Every “improvement” Microsoft make to Skype pushes it closer to being unusable, recently it has been causing havoc with my system, a reinstall solved the problem.
Realtek audio manager has also been a pain of the highest order, certainly two areas that can cause problems, lots of twiddling with this eventually managed to get it working.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Diana, I installed it in a different computer without any issues. Can you please give us more details about your operating system, a screenshot and any other details?

Reply   |   Comment by Nuno  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Does this program have trianglewave? Or does anyone know of a program that does? I had it on my Apple IIGS in the 80's, but have not had it since I moved to PC.



Reply   |   Comment by Rich  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Very disappointed as installer doesn't appear to open,just says its activated even when it's not installed.Would have liked to try this,any ideas GOTD?

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

@ Steve (& @ Diana as well)
Perhaps the installer was detected as a suspisious file by the AV you are using. Comodo, Avira, Eset and Baidu are detecting something fishy about it. And if your AV is set to a silent mode (no alerts displayed) then it blocks such file without any user's approval and confirmation. Actually I stopped the installation at once when my Comodo alerted, then I scanned the temporary setup.exe file - the one that triggered the alert (it's size < 1MB = that was not the same file as the one contained in KBPiano251.zip, but it was created during the installation) - online by VirusTotal, and since the four mentioned above AV engines found something in it (4/57 Detection Ratio) I've decided to do system restore - just in case. I should mention also that the alert was triggered during the checks if the giveaway is still active, and that I also got the same message as you {Steve} - that the KB Piano was successfully activated. No more giveaways of the day, I think. So long, GOTD and your shady installers. I'm gonna stick with SOS.

Reply   |   Comment by Arek  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I get the same thing on install. A web page opens saying it's activated but no program is installed, no installation program asks me where to install it. Sad, this one looks like something I would enjoy using! I'm on Vista Home Premium 32-bit, Nvidia GTX550 TI from EVGA, Soundblaster X-Fi platinum sound card, 4GB RAM, lots of hard drive space. Does this need Adobe Flash? I uninstalled that because I'm tired of all the security holes and Adobe's lack of concern for its customers.

Reply   |   Comment by Mr.Dave  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I've tried 4 times to install, but keep getting a failure to launch error. Very sad, as I've been a life long music lover and instrumentalist. :(

Reply   |   Comment by Diana  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Diana #14. Do you have Zemana AntiLogger installed ?. I had same problem until I disabled Zemana AntiLogger, then success.

Reply   |   Comment by Techno  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Same problem: failure to launch. System: Windows 8.1.2 on AMD quad processor, 16gb RAM. I might note that the shareware version installer DOES launch, so it's something in the GOTD version and I'd really prefer the GOTD version.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@5 added
Sorry, somehow my beginners' recommodation got lost:
ZynAddSubFX-2.2.0Setup.exe old but still good (but no European quertz keyboard available!)
As a recompensation some (additional) soundbank-links:
http://www.amsynth.com/zynaddsubfx.html (about 40 bank collections)
http://www.kvraudio.com/product/zynaddsubfx_by_paulnasca/downloads (several collections)

Different versions of ZynAddSubFX differ in banks too!
If you want to see in advance a list of sounds ZynAddSubFX comes with please have a look at:
But Companion, Cormi_Noise, Cormi_Sound, Laba170bank, olivers-100 and the_mysterious_bank and xmz files you have to extract (e.g. with 7zip?)from Linux packet or download elsewhere as these banks I didn't find in Windows versions.

https://gitorious.org/zynaddsubfx/metellius-clone/source/517e48845fd09b8e41fe932169586adfaaa00011:banks (additional sound banks at links: Adriano Petrosillo, Collection)

Some nice sounds at
Additional collections to look for: Adriano Petrosillo, Alex_J, Folderol, Chip, Cormi, Internet, Laba170, mmxgn, RB Zyn Presets, William_Godfrey, Zen.

I forgot to mention that ZynAddSubFX is part of LMMS too.

Reply   |   Comment by FrancisBorne  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

With such great reviews above how could I not try it? I'm glad I did, you should too!
This software transforms your keyboard in many different instruments, I selected Rock Guitar and can tell you that it's been a while that typing makes me smile (it even rhymed) :)

Reply   |   Comment by Nuno  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

This is a very nice program - a bit complicated, but after watching the introductory video, I was up and running. Lots of instruments and sounds - I did like the jungle one. Ability to export to other formats - midi, wav and wma, so you could record something and send it to someone.

I'm glad to have it to be able to read musical scores right on the computer without having to print them and take them to my piano (not good for improving sight reading, but easier).

This is enough to satisfy me, but for the more complex aspects of it, hopefully someone with more experience in this type of program will have more to say.

Thanks GOTD, for a different and interesting program.

Reply   |   Comment by Judith  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)

Thanks for the comments !

A little history, the software started real simple... Then users got more creative and started to ask for more advanced functions. That's how audio channels, vst instruments and such were added.

Now what you get is an application that is between a basic piano and an advanced production software. Cheers !

Reply   |   Comment by Gabriel Fernandez  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+109)

Dear Mr. Fernandez;

This is a great little program and I'm sure that I'll have many, many hours of fun entertaining my family with it.

You should know that I play the trumpet. I started at an early age (8 yrs old I think) so this is something I'll use often. My wife can look forward to hours and hours of entertainment.

As a point of information: My parents often hosted small get together for their friends, but they wouldn't stay up partying till the wee hours of the night. They believed in retiring early but the party never ended before I was invited to play a few songs for those in attendance (my favorites were "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" and "The Michigan Fight Song"). Their friends must have believed as my parents did (you know - retiring early) because before I was done with my first song most of them had gone home and when I started the second the rest would leave. They must have loved the way I played because the next day it would be the talk of the town.

My parents must have been so proud of me. They would ask me to play in public. How many parents would do this for their children?

Well, back to this program. Thank you Mr. Fernandez, with this program I'll be able to spend hours entertaining my friends and family. It does have a rather steep learning curve but to experienced music lovers like me it is soon overcome.

I'm already using it to entertain my wife. Unfortunately she says she has a lot to do outside with the horses.

I'll catch her later.

Again thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Madmaler  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)

I am happy to use Audiosauna a program that you can use online or download to your hard drive it has endless options and though part of the learning curve is high, It is more than fun and for anyone doing a project it is your ticket to possibilities

Reply   |   Comment by Shane Potter  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I like this software. It comes with video tutorials (the program has it's own video player) which start at the very beginning, and appears to be a program which will be useful to experienced users. This is software for which I'd willingly pay the asking price of $19.99. Thanks, G. F. Software and GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Walter Snodgrass  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

Even if you aren't a musician or close by, you can actually have lots of fun with this program. Visit for ex. YouTube and get som Back Tracks with bass, drums and Rhythm Guitar - in many music genres. Then start practising by ear. Eventually share this with children/grandchildren to keep the interest for making music alive. Nice giveaway - and a bit different from the expected. Thanks a lot to G.F. Software for generous offer - and to the team behind GOTD. Keep it bluesy. Greets from Denmark.

Back Tracks etc : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpcaZrrDncg

Reply   |   Comment by Allan  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

But there is free ZynAddSubFX for Windows, Linux and Mac which comes completely with a dozen of sound banks with up to 128 instruments each (!!!), e.g. Arpeggio, Strings, Organs (church organs, too) etc. To choose a bank please hit the broad empty button below "No Effect".
There are a lot of parameters (e.g. up to 16 sound combinations) and effects like echo. It comes with a six octaves virtual keyboard (VK) for mouse use. To get VK hit VK button between "Panic" and "No Effect". Or you use your computer keyboard (zxcvbnm,.- etc). Perhaps you have to hit VK once to get sounds there. There are a lot of options like European keyboard layouts with y and z interchanged. MIDI standard etc.

With Linux you can run latest versions as standalone,
same for an older Windows version (ZynAddSubFX-2.2.0Setup.exe from 2005) which still is very good.
Latest available Windows version runs as VST plugin with many pro softwares.
I'm using since about one year very often Linux version and sometimes ZynAddSubFX Windows VST build (ZynAddSubFX-VDX_VST- with free VST host Minihost (some nagging seconds before starting). It has an additional keyboard with 1 octave less than VK.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZynAddSubFX and
Windows download:
http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=268277 latest (as above)
etc. etc.
Minihost (Needs Image Line account now. The registration process is completely free and only requires a working email address. I got it without one a year ago.)

For a lot of free additonal sound banks please search for xiz, and for additonal free parameters (i.e. sound combinations ready to use) for xmz.
And don't forget free LMMS for Windows (formerly Linux MultiMedia Studio) for more professionel use.
https://lmms.io/ ("... Playback instruments, samples and plugins with a typing or MIDI keyboard in a user-friendly and modern interface. ...)

Reply   |   Comment by FrancisBorne  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+60)

Francis, just saw your mention of a "typing keyboard" plugin for LMMS and wondered, is the keyboard similar to what's available in todays GotD program? That is, does it map a piano keyboard onto the QWERTY keyboard so that if you know how to play a piano (keyboard instrument) you can somewhat crudely "type" the music on the computer keyboard?

I'm actually looking for something different- I helped the designer of a music program from long ago work out a simple computer keyboard input that worked extremely well for those of us who don't play a piano, but who can basically (slowly) read music. Essentially it let you type the note letter, followed by the octave and then the note duration, something like: C38 which would mean C, third octave (middle C), eighth note. Sharps and flats would add + or - and with this setup I was able to pretty efficiently type in music and play it, while I'd be "hunting and pecking" for the proper piano key on the piano keyboard display.

I know that's probably not at all like the plugin you mentioned, but one can always hope..!

Reply   |   Comment by Bob Retelle  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Installed with no problem on Windows x64, automatically registered.
It just so happens we have the grandchildren staying with us at the moment, and one is learning the piano. In no time at all she was making music, (10 years old).
I am most impressed, this to me looks a pretty good give away that does a lot more than it says on the box, so download it and have some fun, or even make some music.
All in all, a pretty impressive program that in the right hands could produce some really serious music.

Many thanks GOTD team

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)

Downloaded, installed OK on Wx64. Opened it up and wow! - wish I was someone's 10 year old grandchild.
If you're not familiar with music software, "virtual keyboards", etc, you'll probably get lost right from the start.
A scary interface (for newbies) with loads of "options" and "settings".
The makers imply that you can just start this thing and soon be easily "playing" something, even if you know nothing about music.
I use real keyboards and real software and I've rarely had success (or pleasure) trying to play something on a computer keyboard.
Maybe I'm too old and stupid for this offering, but I couldn't figure out even how to create a "new song".
My next project is how to totally get it off my computer.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnnyCool  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

I have very little knowledge on the technical aspects of music creation or playing any musical instruments . But I love to play with all this virtual instruments and once I tried to learn to play virtual piano from a friend and at that time I came to know about some of the programs all of them were quiet attractive and efficient. They are 'Everyone Piano' ( http://www.everyonepiano.com ) ,
'FreePiano' ( http://freepiano.tiwb.com/en/ )
'DSW Piano' and
'A73 Piano Station' ( http://www.micronissimo.com/ ) , these all are freeware , but I am also well familiar with today's Gotd 'KB PIANO' by Gabriel Fernandez. Its really a kind of program you can consider If you want to emulate Piano on Your Computer. Enriched with various instrument sounds and equipped with detailed help file and tutorials.

There are also some online tutorial available for playing piano

Free Piano Lessons + Practice - http://www.true-piano-lessons.com/free-piano-lessons.html




Reply   |   Comment by Jahid  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+95)

Unable to install today's offering, probably for the best as I was banned from playing the triangle, also not very musical.
When helping to design an Android application for children playing and arranging MIDI files was necessary.
A great Free program to do this and test your creations is available at the following link:-

Other useful links are also available on that particular page including sound fonts and associated programs.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+29)

I realize this isn't for everyone, but I like it! It's nice switch from the usual. It's a fun program and not so hard to use if you know keyboards at all.

Reply   |   Comment by Tad T.  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+36)

Installed and registered without problems on a Win 8.1.3 Pro 64 bit system. So many changes in the registry???

Something different. Not the video converters or lost file recovery programs. The software is some years old, it was programmed around 2008. A few files are of newer date. In the interface nothing changed since a lot of years...

A company from Paraguay with an address and a name: Gabriel Fernandez, a programmer and a musician.
We had had a software before from this programmer: Easy Audio Mixer 2.0 on November 26, 2014. The forum had shut down:

After start a crowded and complex interface opens. Something for the keyboard piano freak, not for the novice.

The claim: " Easily create song with multiple instruments (guitar, bass, drums, etc), even if you don’t know music theory. " is a little bit optimistic. Even for the simple setup you need more than a basic knowledge.

A first impression : a more than complete music studio...

If you ever had played a little tune - you will like it.

I'll keep it - the so called free keyboard piano's programs are a joke. This is a serious one. Be sure to have a look into the tutorial videos.

Greeting to Paraguay.

Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+193)

Karl, if you don't mind me asking, how do you see the changes to the registry?

Reply   |   Comment by Byron  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

I like Karl's comment and how he slipped into his comment, "Not the video converters or lost file recovery programs", that we're use to seeing and the fact about GOTD mostly giving away the same type of software! It looks like some of us are on the same page when it comes to that topic!

Reply   |   Comment by mandrakeman  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

Byron sadly I don't recall the program Karl is using although I know he mentioned it previously in a reply (recently as a matter of fact). There are many tools for tracking changes however but I suspect using the forums rather than this area will yield you better results. That said due to the fact I do not THINK Karl really often replies after the initial post (I could be wrong).
Here is an option you might consider, this may be the program Karl mentioned, really wish I could recall.

Download (x86 & x64):
How To:

Reply   |   Comment by Tweak  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

Hahaha, thanks Karl ! I had no idea. Didn't even bothered about this software but since you said so, I'll give it a try.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)


Regarding the changes in the Registry, the ones made by KB Piano are:

HK_CurrentUser\Software\VB and VBA Program Settings\KB Piano // (Program settings)
HK_ClassesRoot\kbpiano2.KBP // (KB Piano files association)
HK_LocalMachine\Software\KB Piano // (Stores installation path and version number for updates)

I don't know what the others are... Maybe a firewall, o some OS settings.

Reply   |   Comment by Gabriel Fernandez  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+59)

RE: Windows registry, If it helps at all, & of course FWIW...

When you install/run any software there will be changes -- additions, subtractions, & modifications -- to Windows registry -- how much varies with the app & installation routine, your particular Windows install, along with whatever software you've added, & sometimes perhaps even a bit of luck, as Windows can delete, sort of flush loads of no longer needed keys/values. And yes, some of that goes on even if you run a real or actual portable app.

When you monitor registry changes, the less you have going on the more accurate the results will be. The less software you have installed, the less chance an addition to the registry will not be recorded because some other app already created that key/entry. XP has less going on than later Windows versions, so it works well, if only by telling you where to look. Turning off system restore [VSS] helps reduce the total number of keys/entries you have to wade through. I don't know of a good reference to help you tell what's garbage & what matters when you monitor how an app changes the registry -- the docs at portableapps.com to help folks create portable apps may help.

In this case with Karl reporting 1657 total changes & krypteller 503, that sort of variance is not unexpected, even if both had instead used the same software to record that data. And we don't know in either case which of those changes actually mattered, e.g. the UserAssist entries in Karl's snapshot are always there, & always irrelevant unless you're talking about privacy concerns. Being a VB app there could be additional variance from one Windows install to the next, depending in part on what other VB software's been installed.

At any rate, the only software I'm aware of that records everything going on in the registry is Process Monitor [SysInternals at microsoft.com]. Otherwise I think Regshot is the most popular, most commonly used, & it does have options to record changed files as well, though on anything but a bare Windows install that can take a while. What Regshot does is basically take before & after snapshots of the registry & compare them. If nothing else it's not a total waste to play with, since you can stick a copy of its logs in a program's folder, then have something to double check if you ever uninstall that app -- just remember to move that log out of the program's folder before it's deleted.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+38)

Windows NT, for most of us XP and upwards, is continually making changes to the registry even when the computer appears to be doing nothing.
Trying to tie which changes are associated with the installed program is almost impossible.
For example using RegshotPortable and doing a before and after comparison with no installation taking place and the computer more or less at idle after just a few seconds, 76 changes were noted by it.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)
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