Vista Snipping Tool on Windows XP

Snipping ToolIf you have had to use Windows Vista for any length of time, you should have come across the ‘Snipping Tool’. The snipping tool is basically an extension to the print screen button. Allowing you to highlight the part of the screen you want to take a shot of.

Some of the features of the tool are:

Free-form Snip.  Draw an irregular line, such as a circle or a triangle, around an object.

Rectangular Snip.  Draw a precise line by dragging the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.

Window Snip.  Select a window, such as a browser window or dialog box, that you want to capture.

Full-screen Snip.  Capture the entire screen when you select this type of snip.

After you capture a snip, it’s automatically copied to the mark-up window, where you can annotate, save, or share the snip.

As a rule the snipping tool is only packaged with Vista, however you can have the Snipping Tool on your XP PC.

How?? I hear you cry…

Simple! Download the Snipping Tool Setup Zip file, once downloaded extract it and copy all of the DLL’s and the EXE to your system32 folder (normally c:windowssystem32). Once complete. double click on the Alky setup file ‘alky_1.1_trunk_032308-000051_xp’. Follow the prompts on screen, ensuring you enter a valid vista serial number.

Once the installation is complete, navigate to the windowssystem32 folder, right click on the snipping tool exe and select ‘Run vista executable’

This will now start the snipping tool and add it to your quick start menu on your start bar.

Handy if you are limited by spec to using XP!

Mike Hudson

Mike Hudson is a Infrastructure Analyst living and working in Kingston Upon Hull. With extensive experience in Microsoft and Apple technologies, ranging from desktop OS’s to Server OS’s and hardware. By day working as part of an infrastructure team, and by night ridding the world of IT issues through blog posts..

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