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Windows 2000 Print screen vs. Windows XP Print screen

by bodenhausen / April 4, 2008 1:00 PM PDT

Hi all!

Are there any significant differences between the print screen abilities of these two OS versions? I can get both to complete a print screen of a webpage. Using both systems, I copy and paste to Word or Notepad. I was trying copy a test matrix from a test (old DOS application) program (semiconductor wafer map). No problem with the Windows 2000, but the Windows XP paste cannot be seen, though when highlighted (using 'select all'), it is clearly there. Why does the older OS (Win2000)work when the XP print screen only results in a "blank paste"?
This problem appears to be tracking all XP computers.

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Depends On Which Program You're 'Pasting' To..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 4, 2008 2:11 PM PDT
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Pasted Screen from old program in XP is not visable
by bodenhausen / April 4, 2008 2:31 PM PDT

Thanks Gif,

Reviewing the hyperlink you noted, I found that I did most of what was suggested and just completed the reminder now ... no go. I still cannot capture/copy/paste the old DOS screen so that I can see it. Something is definately being pasted as the curser moves with each "paste" to a new location further down the page in MSWORD. If the curser is moving and something is pasted there, why can't I see it? THX

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Tried Pasting To "Paint" Instead of Word?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 4, 2008 2:39 PM PDT

Word is not the greatest converter of pictures.. I do it this way:

When the screen is visible, I press "Alt + Prt Scr" buttons at the same time. I then open the "Paint" program, then click on once in the middle of the open Paint window, press "Ctrl + V" to paste the item. (Or click on "Edit", select "Paste" from within Paint.)

You mentioned pasting from a DOS screen... If you're having to reboot from DOS to Windows to do the paste, it won't work.. The reboot prevents the paste action.. ON the other hand, if you're using a DOS application from within Windows, then there shouldn't be an issue..

Hope this helps.


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More info on paste problem in WinXP
by bodenhausen / April 4, 2008 2:49 PM PDT

Hi Grif,

Yep, pasting in Paint results in the same "invisible" paste

More info. The only way I can capture the screen of the DOS program is to hit 'print screen'. The right clicking the mouse while in this application program is ineffective. Left clicking the mouse allows for selection of test vectors (buttons) and nothing else.

Once captured, when I go to MSWORD (edit\paste special) sometimes I have multiple 'special paste' selections and sometimes I don't. None of the multiple selections allows me to actually see the paste, but it does change the size and aspect ratio. Sometimes as a result of this selection I am actually able to drag and/or change the size much as a picture, but again, without actually seeing what has been pasted.

Thanks again

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New issue with Paint
by bodenhausen / April 4, 2008 2:57 PM PDT

Just noticed that I have something to paste in word, but when I go to Paint, I don't.

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Are the options and color properties ...
by Edward ODaniel / April 5, 2008 2:43 AM PDT

set exactly the same for both cmd.exe and on both Windows 2000 and Windows XP?

The Prnt Scr Sysrq key will capture the entire screen while Alt + Prt Scr Sysrq keys applied together capture just the active window.

If it is an old DOS program it is most likely running within and if you look at the properties of you will see that they have slightly different options such as being able to clear the Alt + Prt Scr to enable sending text to a printer. (these properties are most easily seen via a shortcut link to the actual

In short, yes they can behave differently.

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