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TR Dojo Challenge: How can you take a screen shot of the Windows UAC prompt?

Earn a little recognition and TechRepublic swag by answering this week’s TR Dojo Challenge question on taking screenshots of the Windows UAC prompt.

Welcome to the first post in our new TR Dojo Challenge series. Each Wednesday, I will publish a new question designed to test the technical skills and IT prowess of our TechRepublic members.

You'll be able to find the question in both the TR Dojo blog and under the Questions section of the TechRepublic Forums. I'll leave the Forum question open for one week. During that time, TechRepublic members can submit an answer using the Forums. At the end of the week, I'll close the question and review the answers. The member who submitted the first, best answer will be featured in a follow-up TR Dojo Challenge article, posted on Thursday the week following the question's publication. For being featured on the site, they will also earn themselves a bit of TechRepublic swag-a coffee mug and laptop sticker.

Now, there are a few rules to go over before we get to our first question.

1.       Only answers submitted to the question posted within the Forums will be considered for the follow-up article and swag.

2.       All answers must be original and must consist of more than a link or links to third-party resources.

3.       I will choose the correct response from the answers submitted and my decision is final.

With the rules out of the way, let's get to our first question: How can you take a screen shot of the Windows UAC prompt?

IT pros are often called upon to create process documentation for both internal, IT department use and end-user support. With the release of Windows Vista, the steps outlined in this documentation often require a user to respond to a User Account Control (UAC) prompt. Unfortunately, when the UAC prompt appears, it normally prevents you from taking screen shots-either through a combination of the Print Screen button or a third-party application. However, there is a way to get around the UAC's default behavior and capture screenshots of the prompt.

Alright, there you have it-the first TR Dojo Challenge question. To submit and answer, go to the question in the TechRepublic Forums. Good Luck!

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14 comments
Rod3
Rod3

Use a virtual machine similate the environment you want to create. Invoke the UAC onto the screen, then use your normal O/S to capture a screen shot of the entire VM window. Crop it and you have a screen shot of the UAC.

MustangJoe
MustangJoe

Press and hold the the "ALT" key, next, press the "print scrn" key, release both keys, then open MS-Word Document - to a new clean sheet, press the "Paste" button next to the "copy" button. A new "SCREEN-SHOT" should appear inside the document for saving or printing.

MustangJoe
MustangJoe

Press the "ALT" key, then while holding the "ALT key down, press the "Print Scrn" key. Open MS-Word document, on the "New Document" clean sheet - press the "PASTE" button in the toolbar, next to the "copy" button - - - Screen-Shot should paste into the MS-WORD document.

Old Man on the Mountain
Old Man on the Mountain

Open Regedit and go to : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\PromptOnSecureDesktop and change it to "0". A UAC prompt will then appear in a normal window where you can use Alt-Prtsc to copy/paste.

jbm1605
jbm1605

I would use VNC to remote in and capture UAC with Snag It. This allows for a nice clean capture that you can edit immediately after you snap the shot. The Snag it editor is also great for documentation. You can shrink/enlarge images, blur backgrounds and other cool stuff http://www.techsmith.com/download/snagittrial.asp

NavinIsrani
NavinIsrani

i have never used Vista ..so i dont know if DosBox (and other DOS Emulators)work on Vista..but in our college..we do use DosBox to capture screen shots of our C++ Graphics Programs' outputs..

racoonracer
racoonracer

This doesn't answer the question, but my opinion is that the UAC screen is unnecessary to take a screenshot. I usually use a simple sentence like: At the User Account Control (UAC) prompt, click Yes. This will save lots of space and much quicker.

virtual_admin
virtual_admin

Fire up your trusty Vista virtual machine in virtual box window mode. Maximize the window running vista. Get to the UAC prompt and use the vm server to capture an image of the desktop with the Vista window active. I use virtual machines most of the time to produce my documentation.

richard.moore4
richard.moore4

Sorry, misread this, thought we were supposed to post replies in the blog, not the forum.

Ed.W
Ed.W

I'd use PrintKey2000 software.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

I know many a user who has trouble following what I consider to be simple instructions. Sometimes seeing, what's being described, is the "faster" way, even if it take a little extra space.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

I would much rather have the Forum Question associated directly with the blog post, but unfortunately the site doesn't allow us to attach a question to a blog post as we can do with a discussion thread.