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How to Use Windows 7 “Problem Steps Recorder” from command line?

Posted by admin as Microsoft, Windows


Problem Steps Recorder is a cool Windows 7 tool that can record your actions as a series of images.  Refer earlier post here for more information about the tool. In this post I will explain how to use this tool from a command line window (cmd.exe).


psr.exe [/start |/stop][/output <fullfilepath>] [/sc (0|1)] [/maxsc <value>]
    [/sketch (0|1)] [/slides (0|1)] [/gui (o|1)]
    [/arcetl (0|1)] [/arcxml (0|1)] [/arcmht (0|1)]
    [/stopevent <eventname>] [/maxlogsize <value>] [/recordpid <pid>]

/start            :Start Recording. (Outputpath flag SHOULD be specified)
/stop            :Stop Recording.
/sc            :Capture screenshots for recorded steps.
/maxsc            :Maximum number of recent screen captures.
/maxlogsize        :Maximum log file size (in MB) before wrapping occurs.
/gui            :Display control GUI.
/arcetl            :Include raw ETW file in archive output.
/arcxml            :Include MHT file in archive output.
/recordpid        :Record all actions associated with given PID.
/sketch            :Sketch UI if no screenshot was saved.
/slides            :Create slide show HTML pages.
/output            :Store output of record session in given path.
/stopevent        :Event to signal after output files are generated.

PSR Usage Examples:

psr.exe /start /output /sc1 /gui 0 /record <PID>
    /stopevent <eventname> /arcetl 1

psr.exe /start /output fullfilepath.xml /gui 0 /recordpid <PID>
    /stopevent <eventname>

psr.exe /start /output fullfilepath.xml /gui 0 /sc 1 /maxsc <number>
    /maxlogsize <value> /stopevent <eventname>

psr.exe /stop

1.    Output path should include a directory path (e.g. '.\file.xml').
2.    Output file can either be a ZIP file or XML file
3.    Can't specify /arcxml /arcetl /arcmht /sc etc. if output is not a ZIP file.

4 Responses to How to Use Windows 7 “Problem Steps Recorder” from command line?


September 29th, 2011 at 11:35 am

Thanks for your post.

Do you know how to put any comment during runtime with command line ?


PSR can be evil « annoyedadmin

December 2nd, 2011 at 6:42 pm

[...] The psr switches are kind fun too: [...]


September 21st, 2014 at 10:07 am

1000 thanks!

Jule T. Okeefe

September 26th, 2014 at 9:22 am

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