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How can you take a screen shot of the Windows UAC prompt?

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How can you take a screen shot of the Windows UAC prompt?

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    ccrasher

    I use ABBYY screenshot reader to take a screenshot of anything.
    The Windows UAC Prompt can be saved as an image or converted to an editable word, Pdf or any other type of file.

    You did not not specify what type of file you require for this question so I say ABBYY screenshot reader because it can save the screenshot as almost any type of file depending on your requirements.

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    ThumbsUp2

    In Windows, you can take a screen shot of the currently active window by pressing ALT + Prt Scr. This copies it to the clipboard. Since it's on the clipboard, you can paste it as a new image to your favorite graphics editing software and save it, or you can paste it into Word or PowerPoint or OOO or whatever document editing software you're using (except a plain text editor).

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    MGP2

    And did you try that to prove it?

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    blcslv

    Do a rdesktop to the machine. Use ksnapshot to get a screen capture of the area you want. open in Gwenview to see or gimp to edit.

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    ggalvan

    Guys,

    Remember this is the startup logon screen. I have not tried ABBYY, but <ALT>+<Prt-Scrn> will not help in this case.

    I was able to get this by running Windows on a virtual machine, then getting a screenshot of the VM window with <ALT>+<Prt-Scrn>, but I'm assuming this trick needs to be done on the very same computer you are using and not a VM.

    GG.

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    Senrats

    I normally use a VM to take the screenshots when I am documenting a process/procedure.

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    techrepublic

    got a couple of possibilities

    1. digital camera or webcam and record the screen - not a screenshot - but would do in a pinch

    2. Virtualization - my preferred option, use a virtual PC/Server/VMWare/etc... system - take whatever screenshots you need of anything

    3. use the iLO or DRAC feature on a server to take screenshots - bit of a waste of a server, but needs must

    4. disable secure desktop (secpol and then adjust the security settings > local policies > security options - DISABLED) and then use print screen - possibly the fastest way short of the external camera

    5. 3rd party apps that record all activity on the screen from start to finish (eg CamStudio)

    i'm sure there are others :)

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    Jacky Howe

    when logged on with a user account that has Administrative privelages.

    Open the Windows Registry Editor

    navigate to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]

    Right click on the System Key and select export. Save it with an appropriate name.

    In the right hand pane you will see PromptOnSecureDesktop, double click and change the Value Data to 0

    Restart the System for the Registry change to take effect.

    Run your Program and when you get the UAC prompt open the Vista Snipping Tool, (Start, All Programs, Accessories) and Capture your image

    When you have finished either re-open the Windows Registry Editor and change the value for PromptOnSecureDesktop back to a 1 or right click on your saved Registry file and select Merge. Restart the System.

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    Jacky Howe

    when logged on with a user account that has Administrative privelages.


    Open Control Panel and select User Accounts.

    Select Change User Account Control settings.

    Slide the slider bar down to the Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer (do not dim my desktop), second notch. Restart the System.

    Run your Program and when you get the UAC prompt open the Windows 7 Snipping Tool, (Start, All Programs, Accessories) and Capture your image.

    Reset your user control setting by following the above instructions.

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    Jacky Howe

    Click Start and type gpedit.msc in the search box.
    Navigate to Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\SecurityOptions.
    Now change ?User Account Control: Switch to the secure desktop when prompting for elevation? to disabled.

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    keith.bernard

    IF you run a VM running Vista, then it is easy to get a screen shot of what you need.

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    With this little program you can capture nearly anything you have that is on your screen.
    Snagit here: (pun intended) :)
    http://www.techsmith.com/screen-capture.asp?gclid=CJ_okuLBxJwCFQcTzAod3S7xtw

    No use.. I tried it. Used my digital camera instead... Shoot... :)

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    JAAK.KARNER

    I like FoxArc Screen Capture. I can select the specific item I want to capture, size the item and save as a JPEG.

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    kenkenmdr

    I would use Snag it.

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    x.ronteix

    Just launch a Windows Vista or Seven within a virtual machine.
    Ask for any action requiring administrative elevation.
    Then set the focus on the host and make your best shoot on this window.

    This tip is also usefull to take snap of any dos based Application requiring reboot like Symantec Ghost... Win PE...

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    ccrasher

    I use ABBYY screenshot reader to take a screenshot of anything.
    The Windows UAC Prompt can be saved as an image or converted to an editable word, Pdf or any other type of file.

    You did not not specify what type of file you require for this question so I say ABBYY screenshot reader because it can save the screenshot as almost any type of file depending on your requirements.

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    ThumbsUp2

    In Windows, you can take a screen shot of the currently active window by pressing ALT + Prt Scr. This copies it to the clipboard. Since it's on the clipboard, you can paste it as a new image to your favorite graphics editing software and save it, or you can paste it into Word or PowerPoint or OOO or whatever document editing software you're using (except a plain text editor).

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    MGP2

    And did you try that to prove it?

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    blcslv

    Do a rdesktop to the machine. Use ksnapshot to get a screen capture of the area you want. open in Gwenview to see or gimp to edit.

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    ggalvan

    Guys,

    Remember this is the startup logon screen. I have not tried ABBYY, but <ALT>+<Prt-Scrn> will not help in this case.

    I was able to get this by running Windows on a virtual machine, then getting a screenshot of the VM window with <ALT>+<Prt-Scrn>, but I'm assuming this trick needs to be done on the very same computer you are using and not a VM.

    GG.

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    Senrats

    I normally use a VM to take the screenshots when I am documenting a process/procedure.

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    techrepublic

    got a couple of possibilities

    1. digital camera or webcam and record the screen - not a screenshot - but would do in a pinch

    2. Virtualization - my preferred option, use a virtual PC/Server/VMWare/etc... system - take whatever screenshots you need of anything

    3. use the iLO or DRAC feature on a server to take screenshots - bit of a waste of a server, but needs must

    4. disable secure desktop (secpol and then adjust the security settings > local policies > security options - DISABLED) and then use print screen - possibly the fastest way short of the external camera

    5. 3rd party apps that record all activity on the screen from start to finish (eg CamStudio)

    i'm sure there are others :)

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    Jacky Howe

    when logged on with a user account that has Administrative privelages.

    Open the Windows Registry Editor

    navigate to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]

    Right click on the System Key and select export. Save it with an appropriate name.

    In the right hand pane you will see PromptOnSecureDesktop, double click and change the Value Data to 0

    Restart the System for the Registry change to take effect.

    Run your Program and when you get the UAC prompt open the Vista Snipping Tool, (Start, All Programs, Accessories) and Capture your image

    When you have finished either re-open the Windows Registry Editor and change the value for PromptOnSecureDesktop back to a 1 or right click on your saved Registry file and select Merge. Restart the System.

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    Jacky Howe

    when logged on with a user account that has Administrative privelages.


    Open Control Panel and select User Accounts.

    Select Change User Account Control settings.

    Slide the slider bar down to the Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer (do not dim my desktop), second notch. Restart the System.

    Run your Program and when you get the UAC prompt open the Windows 7 Snipping Tool, (Start, All Programs, Accessories) and Capture your image.

    Reset your user control setting by following the above instructions.

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    Jacky Howe

    Click Start and type gpedit.msc in the search box.
    Navigate to Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\SecurityOptions.
    Now change ?User Account Control: Switch to the secure desktop when prompting for elevation? to disabled.

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    keith.bernard

    IF you run a VM running Vista, then it is easy to get a screen shot of what you need.

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    With this little program you can capture nearly anything you have that is on your screen.
    Snagit here: (pun intended) :)
    http://www.techsmith.com/screen-capture.asp?gclid=CJ_okuLBxJwCFQcTzAod3S7xtw

    No use.. I tried it. Used my digital camera instead... Shoot... :)

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    JAAK.KARNER

    I like FoxArc Screen Capture. I can select the specific item I want to capture, size the item and save as a JPEG.

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    kenkenmdr

    I would use Snag it.

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    x.ronteix

    Just launch a Windows Vista or Seven within a virtual machine.
    Ask for any action requiring administrative elevation.
    Then set the focus on the host and make your best shoot on this window.

    This tip is also usefull to take snap of any dos based Application requiring reboot like Symantec Ghost... Win PE...