How to restore old Snipping Tool on Windows 11 PC & Laptops

by Abdul Moiz
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  • Windows 11 replaced the old Snipping Tool with Snip and Sketch.
  • The snipping tool was first introduced in 2005 with the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005.
  • With the help of the Snipping Tool you can take screenshots of open windows, the entire screen, a selected portion, and more.
Using Snipping Tool

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If you’ve upgraded to Windows 11 from Windows 10, you would have realized by now that the old Snipping Tool is gone from Windows 11, and if you are like me, who used to love the simplicity of it, and found it gone, I know that could’ve been brutalizing!

The old Snipping Tool from the previous Windows version is replaced by Snip and Sketch in Windows 11.

But there is a way to get the Snipping Tool back on your Windows 11 PC. Keep reading to find out how you can get the Snipping Tool.

How do I restore the old Snipping Tool in Windows 11?

Restore the Snipping Tool from Windows.old

  1. Open File Explorer.Opening the File Explorer window
  2. Make a new folder called SnippingTool and save it anywhere on your system’s local drive.
  1. Go to the path C:\Windows.old\Windows\System32Pasting the location path
  2. Copy the SnippingTool.exe file and paste it into the new folder that was created.
  3. Now, create another folder inside the parent folder of Snipping Tool and name it en-US (or whatever your default language is).Creating en-US folder
  1. Now, go to C:\Windows.old\Windows\System32\en-US
  2. Copy and paste the SnippingTool.exe.mui file into the new en-US subfolder that you created.
  3. Exit File Explorer after you are done.Closing the File Explorer

When upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 11, the Windows.old directory should be available on your system, and you should be able to restore the Snipping Tool by following the above-mentioned steps.

If you don’t find it, you can use the second method, which is a foolproof method to re-install it on your Windows computer that is running the latest Windows 11.

Restore Snipping Tool from older Windows version

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Go to C:\Windows\System32Opening system32 folder
  3. Copy the SnippingTool.exe and SnippingTool.exe.mui files.
  4. Now transfer them to your Windows 11 computer.
  5. Put the SnippingTool.exe in C:\Windows\System32\Entering the path to system32
  6. Put the SnippingTool.exe.mui in C:\Windows\System32\en-USNavigating to system32 en-US
  7. Close the File Explorer once done.

Now, double-click on SnippingTool.exe to launch the Snipping Tool on your Windows 11 PC. You can also pin this to the taskbar or start menu to take screenshots quickly.

How to reset the Snipping Tool?

Restarting the file explorer can get rid of whatever that’s causing the Snipping Tool to work improperly on your Windows 11 PC. You can do this by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del to open the task manager and end the File Explorer task by clicking on End Task

Or, you can also press CTRL + Shift + ESC to directly go to the Task Manager to end the task.

Why are Snip and Sketch not working?

Snip and Sketch can unexpectedly stop working due to the app’s data on the system or corrupt system files.

This can be easily resolved by simply uninstalling and re-installing the Snip and Sketch applications.

With every latest version of Windows, Microsoft adds and removes our favorite applications, assuming that it is best for us — or in the pursuit of making it better.

Unfortunately, the execution falls short and fails to impress us, but there’s always a workaround with everything.

We hope this article has helped you get the old Snipping Tool on your latest Windows 11 computer.

Let us know in the comments about your experience when you found the Snipping Tool was replaced with Snip and Sketch to re-installing it again on your computer.

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