Windows 7 Black Box Recorder


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The Black Box Recorder.

Every developer wishes there was a way that an end-users could quickly and simply record a repro for the problem that they’re running into that is unique to their machine.

Windows 7 comes to the rescue! Part of the in-built diagnostic tools that are used internally to send feedback on the product, the Problem Steps Recorder provides a simple screen capture tool that enables you to record a series of actions. Once you hit “record”, it tracks your mouse and keyboard and captures screenshots with any comments you choose to associate alongside them. Once you stop recording, it saves the whole thing to a ZIP file, containing an HTML-based “slide show” of the steps.

It’s a really neat little tool and I can’t wait for it to become ubiquitous on every desktop!

The program is called psr.exe.

You can also get to it by typing “Record steps to reproduce a problem”.
into the START Search Box.