Screenshot of Windows XP login

October 6, 2005 at 05:57:38
Specs: WinXP Pro SP2, 2G Intel Pentium/1G RAM

I need to take a screen shot of the Windows XP login screen and various errors that result from the wrong username/password and domain being supplied. However, Windows clears the clipboard when you log off and log on so the print screen is not accessible via the normal Print Screen key. I am told that there is a way to do this. Can someone help?

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October 6, 2005 at 06:05:30

It is very easy to take a screen capture for free.

Step one. Once what you want to take a screen capture of is on the screen hit the print screen key on your keyboard. This will transfer the screen capture into memory. (Note that holding alt and striking print screen will take a capture of the active window only.)

Step two. Open a graphics editor such as paint and press paste to put the image into the graphics editor. (Paint is located in start/programs/accessories.)

That's it! Its that easy to take a screen capture totally for free using the feature built into Windows.

Tom C.

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October 6, 2005 at 06:10:47

I'm not sure if there is a way to do what you need to do by using print screen. I needed to capture an error message some time ago and was not able to do it with print screen so i used a digital camera and just snapped a picture of it!!.

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October 6, 2005 at 06:11:32

I am fully aware of how to take a screenshot. In my original message, I noted that this doesn't work for the login screen as you have to be logged in to store the image to memory. Windows clears the Print Screen cache when you log off and log on, therefore the image is not retained in memory.

I've tried using Remote Desktop and also VNC (another remote software) with no luck.

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October 6, 2005 at 06:15:24

Thanks birdlegs - I actually had the same idea and tried taking a picture with my cell, but the quality just wasn't there!

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October 6, 2005 at 07:18:29

You could try Virtual PC from Microsoft (there's a 45-day free trial). It allows you to run multiple Operating Systems at the same time. I actually don't have any experience with it, but you *may* be able to capture the screen from one OS from another.

Michael J

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October 6, 2005 at 09:45:25

Why not try NetSupport School

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October 7, 2005 at 17:10:18

Try this:

1) Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to open the Windows Task Manager. Click on the Processes tab and highlight Explorer.exe. Click "End Task" in the lower right. You will be presented with a warning, which you should select yes on.

2) If everything worked, your taskbar and desktop should have disappeared. Don't worry, it's temporary. In the Task Manager, go to the File menu and select New Task. In the resulting input box, type "logonui" and click OK. The logon screen should now appear behind the Task Manager. At this point, go ahead and take your screenshots. You can open Paint by typing "mspaint" into the New Task box.

3) Once you have finished taking and saving the screenshots, select "logonui.exe" in the process list in the Task Manager and click End Task. This will close the logon screen. Finally, go to File and New Task. Type "Explorer" into the text box and click OK. Your taskbar and desktop should now re-appear.

That's it! Hope this helps.

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October 9, 2005 at 12:26:37

Thanks "Ender"!I've been looking for that procedure for a long time.

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