Taking a screenshot of the Windows 10 lock screen is just a matter of hitting the PrtScn button, but to get the login screen there’s a bit more work involved.
Windows 10 has a couple of screens to navigate through before getting to the desktop. First is the lock screen and then the login screen. Taking a screenshot of the lock screen is easy. While at the screen, just hit the Print Screen (PrtScr) key and after logging in, open the app you want to use the shot in and hit Ctrl + V to paste it in.
But, you might have noticed you can’t do the same thing with the login screen where you enter your password or PIN. If you need to take a screenshot of the login screen, you can hack the Registry and use the Snipping Tool.
Take Screenshot Windows 10 Login Screen
Use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + R to launch the Run box and type: regedit and click OK or hit Enter.
Next, navigate to the following path:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options
Then create a new key and name it utilman.exe.
Then within the utilman.exe key that you just made, create a new String Value and name it Debugger and set its value as:
Once you’ve configured the Registry correctly, hit the Windows Key + L to lock your PC. Then hit Enter or swipe up to reach the login screen. From there, select the Ease of Access button in the lower-right corner, and the Snipping Tool will launch. Set it to take a full Windows shot, and after that, make sure to hit the Copy Button or hit Ctrl + C to save it to the Clipboard.
Go ahead and log in, open Paint or another app you want to use, and hit Ctrl + V to paste it in.
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