Sometimes it is easier and more convenient to show your support representative what you are doing or seeing in Déjà Vu than it is to try to describe it in words. Fortunately, there are easy ways to do this very thing in Windows. In this article, we will describe two such methods.
Problem Steps Recorder
If you are using Windows 7, 8 or 10, there is a utility called Problem Steps Recorder, that can be used to automatically create a detailed list of steps that have to be followed to produce a certain result; this utility is designed to allow users to record the operations that they do in order to bring about an error.
Problem Steps Recorder will take a note and a screenshot of almost everything you do and store it all in a MHTML file (.mht). When you are done recording, you can send this MHTML file to your support representative (or anyone else you like) so that they can see what problem or error message you are experiencing, and also the actions that you took to bring it about.
Recording the screen
If you are using a version of Windows that does not have PSR installed (e.g. Windows XP or Vista), or you are not satisfied with the result it produces, you can make a recording of your screen instead.
For Windows 10 users (through the XBOX app)
Windows 10 has a built-in screen recorder you can use without installing anything extra. However, it’s only available if you have a graphics card with Intel Quick Sync H.260 (2011 models or later), Nvidia NVENC (2012 models or later), or AMD VCE (2012 models or later except Oland), so it may not work for all users.
This feature is meant for gamers, but it can be used to record almost any application.
To use it:
- Press the key combination +G keys.
- Then, in the pop-up that appears check Yes, this is a game.
- To record, click the Record button to begin recording.
- Once you are done, the video will be saved as an MP4 file in your Videos\Captures folder.
For more information about how to use the Xbox App in Windows 10 to record your screen you can read this page.
If you do not have Windows 10, or cannot use the XBOX app for some reason, you can use Microsoft's Screen Recorder.
This small application allows you to record a video or your entire desktop and everything that happens in it, or a video showing only a specific window, and save it to Windows Media Video format on your hard drive. You can send this video to a support representative so that they can see what you are doing, and what you are experiencing.
Downloading and Installing Screen Recorder
You can download the installer for Screen Recorder from here. The file you download is a self-extracting archive that, when run, will unpack its contents into a folder on your hard drive. When it is done, in this folder you will find installer for 32bit and 64bit editions of Windows. Make sure you use the right installer for your version of Windows.
When you first the run the installer, you may see a dialog window informing you that Screen Recorder needs Windows Media Encoder to be installed in order to work. Go ahead and accept this warning: Windows Media Encoder will be installed. Once that is done, run the installer for Screen Recorder again, and then it will install Screen Recorder itself.
Using Screen Recorder
When you run Screen Recorder for the first time, it will show you a small help window that explains how to use its features. Screen Recorder is a very simple application, so there are only a handful of features that you need to know about in order to use it effectively.
You can find more information about how to use Screen Recorder here.
Sending your recordings
If you recorded video is short, you may be able to send it by e-mail. However, chances are the file produced will be too large to be sent by email. Alternatively, you can use one of the various free file-sharing services available, or perhaps a paid one (e.g. Dropbox) if you already have an account. Once you have uploaded the video to your preferred file hosting service, contact us to let us know where it is and how to access it.