If you have recently upgraded to Windows 11, you will notice that Snipping Tool is missing from it. Windows 11 has replaced Snipping Tool with more advanced Snip & Sketch. However, Snip & Sketch did not prove to be a great replacement of Snipping Tool for us. So, if you’re also not a fan of Snip & Sketch, and want to restore Snipping Tool in Windows 11, you are at the right place.
When you upgrade Windows to a higher version, Windows moves all previous Windows files to “Windows.old” folder. You can find all the programs removed after upgrade in Windows.old folder. So, we can restore Snipping Tool in Windows 11 from Windows.old folder.
NOTE: Remember, Windows.old folder will only be available for 30 days from the date of upgrade. So, if you want to restore previous version of Windows, you can do so within 30 days only.
Get Back Snipping Tool after upgrading to Windows 11
So, in this tutorial, we are going to show you the steps to restore your favorite Snipping Tool after Windows 11 upgrade. You just need to make sure that Windows.old folder is still present in your PC.
Step 1: Open Windows.old Folder on Windows 11
First of all, you need to check whether Windows.old folder exists in your C drive (Windows System drive) or not. So, open File Explorer in Windows 11 and go to C drive and open Windows.old folder if present.
NOTE: Even if you don’t have Windows.old folder in your C drive, you can restore necessary files from another Windows 10 PC.
Step 2: Copy Snipping Tool Files from Windows.old Folder
Now, copy following files and folders from Window.old folder to Windows 11 system folders.
- First of all, copy the contents of
C:\Windows.old\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink\fsdefinitionsfolder and paste in
C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink\fsdefinitionsfolder. Skip the files already present in the destination folder.
- After that copy following file from Windows.old folder
C:\Windows.old\Windows\System32\SnippingTool.exeand paste in
- Similarly, copy
C:\Windows.old\Windows\System32\en-US\SnippingTool.exe.muifile and paste in
Step 3: Launch Snipping Tool and Pin to Taskbar
After following previous step, you have successfully restored the missing Snipping Tool in Windows 11. It’s time to launch it. Simply double-click the “SnippingTool.exe” file from System32 folder and Snipping Tool will launch.
NOTE: If you see blank error message when launching Snipping Tool, make sure to copy
SnippingTool.exe.mui file to correct path as mentioned in Step 2.
You can also pin Snipping Tool to task bar for easy access. Right-click on the Snipping Tool icon on the task bar and select Pin to taskbar.
SEE ALSO: How to use System Restore in Windows 10?
Restore Missing Snipping Tool after Windows 11 Upgrade
Above tutorial explained how you can easily restore your favorite Snipping Tool in Windows 11. You just need to make sure that you have Windows.old folder in your C drive. Or you would need to have access to another Windows 10 PC.
Anyway, you can simply copy Snipping Tool files from Windows.old folder (or from another Windows 10 PC) to Windows 11 system folders and your missing Snipping Tool will start working again.
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