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Capture Windows Logon Screen Screenshot With Win 7 Logon Screen Capture

We come across hundreds of software every now and then, but sometimes a small tool resolves the most common annoyances. The Ease of Access button on the Windows Logon Screen is although quite useful for people with disabilities, but it is seldom used by most people. Which begs the question, why not utilize it for something more useful? Perhaps transforming it into a screenshot taking button for the Windows 7 Logon Screen. Win 7 Logon Screen Capture allows transforming the Ease of Access button into a screenshot taking utility.

To get started, open up %WINDIR%\System32 from the Windows directory, find the file “Utilman.exe”, take ownership the “Utilman.exe” file, and rename it into “Utilman_backup.exe”, copy the new “Utilman.exe” file that is located in this folder to %WINDIR%\System32. To take ownership of the file, select Properties, go to –> Security –> Advanced –> Owner tab-> Edit-> Select your Administrator account and click OK. Copy and paste the new Ultiman file in the Windows directory. Also make sure that the Administrator account has permission to make changes to the Utilman file, for allocating such access, see our post here.

Advanced Security Settings for Utilman.exe

Lock your screen and take screenshots from the Ease of Access button and saved them to a desired location.

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To revert the changes, delete the new “Utilman.exe” and rename the “Utilman_backup.exe” back to “Utilman.exe”.

Download Win 7 Logon Screen Capture

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  • Roger

    Brilliant, works like a charm. Thank you!

  • sgnr.hannard

    Great tool, but I can’t get it to take a picture without the dialogue box on top :/

    • Marcel

      Had the same problem, but when I choose to save on a local disk drive not USB, screenshot was clear of the dialog…

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  • nice way…

  • Brettcapewell

    copy the new “Utilman.exe” file that is located in ‘this’ folder to %WINDIR%System32.what exactly is ‘this’ folder?

    • Chris

      Click the “Download Win 7 Logon Screen Capture” link at the bottom of this article to download the ‘new’ Utilman.exe file

  • xtravel

    Tried with Visa Home Premium and works!

  • Amit

    I was able to capture the screenshot of the locked machine. I thought I should be able to get the screenshot of the users’s desktop (as if it was unlocked ?)
    So the purpose of this utility is to just take the screenshot of the locked desktop ?

  • afandi

    the Download Win 7 Logon Screen Capture link is no longer exist. Have any other link?