Downloads of v 1.0.37:


Last Update:

03 Feb 2016

Package Maintainer(s):

Software Author(s):

  • Russ Freeman


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1.0.37 | Updated: 03 Feb 2016



Downloads of v 1.0.37:



Software Author(s):

  • Russ Freeman

Winspector 1.0.37

All Checks are Passing

2 Passing Test

Validation Testing Passed

Verification Testing Passed


To install Winspector, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade Winspector, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall Winspector, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


NOTE: This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Enter your internal repository url

(this should look similar to

4. Choose your deployment method:

choco upgrade winspector -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade winspector -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'"

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Ensure winspector installed
    name: winspector
    state: present
    version: 1.0.37
    source: STEP 3 URL

See docs at

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chocolatey_package 'winspector' do
  action    :install
  version  '1.0.37'
  source   'STEP 3 URL'

See docs at

    Name: winspector,
    Version: 1.0.37,
    Source: STEP 3 URL

Requires Otter Chocolatey Extension. See docs at

cChocoPackageInstaller winspector
   Name     = 'winspector'
   Ensure   = 'Present'
   Version  = '1.0.37'
   Source   = 'STEP 3 URL'

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at

package { 'winspector':
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  ensure   => '1.0.37',
  source   => 'STEP 3 URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at

salt '*' chocolatey.install winspector version="1.0.37" source="STEP 3 URL"

See docs at

5. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.

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This package was approved by moderator gep13 on 03 Feb 2016.


Winspector is a Windows application that allows you to look at the messages being sent in the system. When developing your own applications you can see the messages and you can inspect them, but you can't do the same with other running applications. With Winspector you can.

Winspector takes the fabulous Spy++ to the next level.


  • This program may contain bugs as no updates have been released since 2006.
  • The developer's website links to defunct
  • Install file is retrieved from

$packageName = 'winspector'
$installerType = 'exe'
$url = ''
$checksum = '39586019501b039f51c986dde063879273f71965'
$checksumType = 'sha1'
$validExitCodes = @(0)

Install-ChocolateyPackage -PackageName "$packageName" `
                          -FileType "$installerType" `
                          -SilentArgs "$silentArgs" `
                          -Url "$url" `
                          -ValidExitCodes $validExitCodes `
                          -Checksum "$checksum" `
                          -ChecksumType "$checksumType"
$packageName = 'winspector'
$packageSearch = "$packageName"
$installerType = 'exe'
$validExitCodes = @(0)

Get-ItemProperty -Path @('HKLM:\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\*',
                         'HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\*') `
                 -ErrorAction:SilentlyContinue `
| Where-Object   {$_.DisplayName -like $packageSearch} `
| ForEach-Object {Uninstall-ChocolateyPackage -PackageName "$packageName" `
                                              -FileType "$installerType" `
                                              -SilentArgs "$($silentArgs)" `
                                              -File "$($_.UninstallString)" `
                                              -ValidExitCodes $validExitCodes} 

Log in or click on link to see number of positives.

In cases where actual malware is found, the packages are subject to removal. Software sometimes has false positives. Moderators do not necessarily validate the safety of the underlying software, only that a package retrieves software from the official distribution point and/or validate embedded software against official distribution point (where distribution rights allow redistribution).

Chocolatey Pro provides runtime protection from possible malware.

Version Downloads Last Updated Status

Program released 19 Nov 2006

  • 12-11-2006 Fixed bug where the window titles in the tree did not update to reflect changes in the window captions.
  • 12-11-2006 Added pretty much every tooltip control message.
  • 12-11-2006 Added a bunch of decoders for (rich)edit controls.
  • 12-11-2006 Fixed bug where the config file could get corrupted when using the unicode version.
  • 30-04-2005 Added "info" button to the message display to look up a message on the web.

Full changelog

Package created 03 Feb 2016

  • Manually built and uploaded by dtgm
  • Uninstall is not completely silent; a progress window cannot be suppressed.

This package has no dependencies.

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