Print Screen not working in Windows®
What is print screen? Discuss the reason due to which print screen doesn't work in Windows.
The process of capturing the screen image is the job of print screen command. The key for exercising the action can be found at the top portion of the keyboard. Some keyboards and laptops do not possess the print screen key. So, the user should press 'Function' + 'Insert' key to enable the screen printing. The print screen is thus a command line tool available with Windows Operating Systems that produces a bitmap image of the screen while an user presses on the print screen key. There are two functionalities included in print screen utility. They are full screen print and the active screen print. The print screen key enables full screen printing and the Alt + print key enables the active window printing. While pressing the print screen key, the image of the current screen gets stored as a bitmap image on the system clipboard. The user can paste the copied image on to a paint document. The Win32K system file is responsible for the release of bitmap image. The user should not press the print screen key repeatedly as it may lead to memory leak problems.
Following are some reasons for print screen not working in Windows:
- Issue with releasing of bitmap
- Problems with keyboard
- Registry issues
Issue with releasing of bitmap
While pressing the print screen key or 'Alt' + 'Print screen' key, the system does some processes internally to copy the whole screen displayed on the monitor. The Win32K.sys file is responsible for copying the screen. The copied image is saved as the bitmap content. If the file does not release the bitmap image on the clipboard, then the print screen command fails. The paste option on the paint application will not paste any image. The error occurs if the user holds the print screen option for a longer time or press on the key repeatedly. The memory leak may occur. The system may stop responding.
Problems with keyboard
The print screen functionality in Windows Operating System can be enabled by pressing print screen key on the keyboard. The action copies the current view of the system monitor. But, the print screen option stops working or doesn't copy any image of the screen if the keyboard has any issues. The synchronization of the keyboard with the system has been made at the manufacturing stage itself. But, sometimes the keys don't work correctly due to the failure in transmitting the actions on the keyboard to the system.
The system registry is the database that stores various system informations as the registry values. The print screen functionality on the system also possesses a registry value on the system registry related with the working and accessing of the utility. If the registry contents get corrupted due to any of the user interactions or due to virus infections in the registry, then also the print screen command does not work in the system.
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