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Document Sequencing on Windows 7 using Problem Steps Recorder (PSR)

On Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, there’s a great troubleshooting tool called “Problem Steps Recorder (PSR),” that allows screenshots and details of actions to be automatically recorded and saved in a .MHT file that’s automatically zipped. A user can send this file to Microsoft Support to provide an accurate account of steps to reproduce and issue. We can appropriate this tool and turn it into a Sequencing Steps Recorder to document “recipes” for sequencing applications. PSR can be easily be found on Win7 or Server 2008 just by clicking on Windows Logo and typing “steps” ,“record”, or “PSR.exe” in search bar. “In order to use PSR correctly on your Sequencer, it’s important to follow these steps: 1. Connect to Sequencing Virtual Machine. 2. Click on Windows Logo (Start button) and type “steps”. 3. Click on “Record steps to reproduce a problem.” 4. Click on down arrow by Help icon and choose “Run as Administrator” if it isn’t grayed out. Some windows mayn’t capture if this isn’t selected. 5. From same menu, click on SETTINGS. 6. Change NUMBER OF RECENT SCREEN CAPTURES TO STORE to max value of 100. a. If you’ve more than 100 actions, which’s possible, screenshot #1 would be removed in order to capture screenshot #101. The text detail for Step #1 would still remain. 7. Click on START RECORD a. Recording doesn’t have to start until before “Begin Monitoring” is selected. You may wish to document procedure start to finish , especially if there’re other pre-requisites that need to be installed prior to sequencing. b. If you Begin Monitoring before launching PSR, you’ll pick up PSR in your sequence and possibly prevent your app from working as expected. 8. Install pre-requisites or launch Sequencer 9. Complete equencing process. 10. Click on STOP RECORD and save zip file.”

More info: Document Sequencing on Windows 7 with the Problem Steps Recorder

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