Is it possible to take a screenshot of the Windows 10 Login Screen?

Windows 10 has a few screens to navigate through before getting to the desktop. First is the lock screen, and then the login screen. Taking a screenshot of the lock screen is easy. While at the screen, just hit the Print Screen (PrtScr) key and after logging in, open the app you want to use the shot in and hit Ctrl + V to paste it in.

But you might have noticed you can’t do the same thing with the login screen where you enter your password or PIN. If you need to take a screenshot of the login screen, you can hack the Registry and use the Snipping Tool. This risewindows post will show you how to take a screenshot of the login screen on a Windows 10 PC.

How to take a screenshot of the Windows 10 Login Screen?

Gentle Reminder: Modifying the wrong registry key of Windows may make it unresponsive; hence we recommend taking a full backup of the registry and creating a system restore point.

Follow the steps to take a screenshot of the Windows 10 Login Screen:-

Step 1. Firstly, press Windows + R keys simultaneously to open the Run dialog box.

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Step 2. Now, in the Run command box, type the following and hit Enter from the keyboard to open the Registry Editor:-

regedit

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Step 3. Then, in the Registry Editor window, navigate to the following path in the left side pane:-

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options

Step 4. After that, right-click on the “Image File Execution Options” key, select New, and then Key.

Step 5. Next, rename the newly created key as utilman.exe.

Step 6. Here, right-click on the utilman.exe key, select New, and then String Value.

Step 7. Now, on the right side of the utilman.exe key, rename the newly created String Value as Debugger.

Step 8. Then, double click on the Debugger on the right side pane and set its value to %windir%\System32\SnippingTool.exe.

Quick Note: In some Windows 10 PC, you need to set the absolute path for Debugger value data. For example, if your Windows is installed on the “C” drive, set value data as “C:\Windows\System32\SnippingTool.exe.”

Step 9. After that, click OK.

Step 10. After completing the above registry modifications, press the Windows + L keys to lock your PC.

Step 11. Next, click on the Lock Screen to see the login screen.

Step 12. Then, click the Ease of Access button in the lower-right corner, and the Snipping Tool will launch. Set Snipping Tool mode “Full-screen Snip” to take a full Windows shot. Press Ctrl + C to copy the screenshot in the Clipboard, log in to your PC, and paste Microsoft Word or any other program using Ctrl + V shortcut.

Step 13. Finally, if you cannot copy the screenshot for any reason, you can print the screenshot to a PDF file or XPS document; once you have taken a screenshot of the login screen, press Ctrl + P keys to invoke the Print dialog box. Select “Microsoft Print to PDF” or “Microsoft XPS Document Writer” printer and click the Print button. Please select the location to save your PDF or XPS, name the PDF or XPS file, and you are done with it. There is no need to log in to save the PDF or XPS file.

That’s it for the article.

I hope this post will be informative to you.

Good luck & keep growing, guys.

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