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Exploring Problem Steps Recorder in Windows 7

Windows 7 (download link) includes a new tool called “Problem Steps Recorder,” which can be activated by typing “psr.exe” in the Windows 7 start menu or by searching with the keyword “Problem” in Control Panel. The user interface for the Problem Steps Recorder in the beta is very straightforward and bears a close resemblance to Sound Recorder. To begin a recording operation, you just click the Start Record button.

Once the Problem Steps Recorder has begun recording, its title bar flashes the words Recording Now and the icon on the Taskbar shows a red flashing dot. At this point, you can begin carrying out the steps that lead to the problem.

To experiment with Problem Steps Recorder, I’m going to simulate an error condition by setting the screen orientation to Portrait (flipped), which is a setting that my monitor doesn’t support.

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