How to capture lock screen screenshot of Windows 10

This tutorial helps users capture lock screen screenshot of Windows 10 without using any third-party tool. Although there are tons of tools available in the market to capture screenshot of Windows 10 lock screen, this tutorial would let you do the same with Snipping Tool, which is a built-in software for taking screenshots on Windows.

This is very easy to capture screenshot of any window on Windows 10 with the help of Snipping tool or any other third-party software. But, when it comes to capturing the lock screen, almost all of them fail to do their job. Also, sometimes you need to capture lock screen screenshot to show a certain thing to your friend or anybody. Let’s assume that you are getting some weird icons on lock screen that you want to show someone, who knows about that. To solve that problem, here is a simple solution with Snipping tool.

How to capture lock screen screenshot of Windows 10

You do not need any other tool except Snipping tool, except Registry Editor. However, before following the subsequent steps, you must need to backup Registry files and create a system restore point. In case, you get into trouble, they can solve that immediately. After that, follow these steps.

Step 1: Open Registry Editor. To do so, press Win + R, type regedit and hit the Enter button.

Step 2: Navigate to the following path-

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

Step 3: Select Image File Execution Options and create a new Key. To do so, Right-click on that > select New > Key. You have to name it as utilman.exe.

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Step 4: Now select that key > right-click on the space on right-hand-side. After that, select New > String Value. Therefore, name it Debugger.

Step 5: Double-click on the Debugger String value and set the value as

C:\Windows\System32\SnippingTool.exe

How to capture lock screen screenshot of Windows 10

Step 6: Go to lock screen. For that, you can press Win + L buttons. You should find the Ease of Access button on your bottom-right corner.

How to capture lock screen screenshot of Windows 10

After clicking on that button, you should get Snipping tool on your screen.

How to capture lock screen screenshot of Windows 10

Now you can capture a screenshot of the lock screen in Windows 10. After capturing, only close the Snipping tool since it has been copied to your clipboard. You can open any image editing software such as Paint, Photoshop, etc. to paste the screenshot right away.

That’s it! The problem with this trick is you cannot save the screenshot right from lock screen via Snipping tool. In other words, you can capture one screenshot at one attempt.

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