The Steps Recorder tool (previously named “Problem Steps Recorder”) PSR.EXE which was first introduced in Windows 7, is a handy program to record the steps for reproducing a problem in Windows. This classic desktop program is going to be deprecated in the upcoming Creators Update for Windows 10.
In the Creators Update insider preview build 15014, launching PSR shows the following message during the first run:
Would you like to learn more?
When you click Yes, you’re taken to the Recording Game Clips | Game DVR page at Microsoft site, which explains how to record video clips using Game DVR.
After showing the deprecation message, the Steps Recorder does run, and works correctly (in Build 15014). Microsoft suggests using Game DVR (Winkey + G) to capture the steps instead.
However, Game DVR is for a different purpose and can’t be a replacement for Steps Recorder. Game DVR can only record videos or take screenshots. Whereas PSR records the problem steps with screenshots embedded into a MHTML file with base64 encoding — it also records the window name, class and other useful info. Here is a sample MTHML report generated by Steps Recorder:
Sad to see PSR go!
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