If you have recently upgraded to Windows 11, you will notice that the old Snipping Tool is missing or not working. Windows 11 has replaced the old Snipping Tool with the combined Snip & Sketch and Snipping Tool. However, the new Snipping Tool did not prove to be a great replacement and sometimes gives “This app can’t open” error. So, if you’re also not a fan of the new Snipping Tool, and want to restore the old 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 the “Windows.old” folder. You can find all the programs removed after the upgrade in Windows.old folder. So, you can still restore the old Snipping Tool in Windows 11 from Windows.old folder. However, if Windows.old folder is no longer available, you can also get the required files from another Windows 10 PC.
NOTE: Remember, Windows.old folder will only be available for 10 days from the date of upgrade to Windows 11. So, if you want to restore your Windows 10, you can do so within 10 days only.
Get Back Missing 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. But that’s not an obligation as you can also copy required files from another Windows 10 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, 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 the following files and folders from Window.old folder to Windows 11 system folders.
- After that copy following
C:\Windows.old\Windows\System32\folder and paste in
- Similarly, copy
C:\Windows.old\Windows\System32\en-US\folder and paste in
NOTE: You have to copy
SnippingTool.exe.mui file from respective language folder. For example, we have copied it form
en-US folder for English (US). So, if your Windows 11 language is English (UK), copy
en-GB folder and so on.
Alternate and Better Solution:
We recommend you to use this alternate solution if Windows update is replacing the old Snipping Tool with the new Snipping Tool. And another benefit of this solution is that you can use it as a separate application. So, you can enjoy both the old Windows 10 style Snipping Tool and the new Windows 11 Snipping Tool on the same PC.
SnippingTool.exe.muifiles from Windows.old folder to any other folder on D: or E: drive. Just make sure
SnippingTool.exe.muiis placed in
en-USsub-directory at the same location. As you can see in the screenshot below, we have copied the Snipping Tool files to “SnippingTool” folder in D drive.
NOTE: You can also fix Snipping Tool not working in Windows 10 using the same method. Simply copy required files from another Windows 10 PC.
Step 3: Launch Snipping Tool and Pin to Taskbar
After following the 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 the 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 the taskbar for easy access. Right-click on the Snipping Tool icon on the taskbar and select Pin to taskbar.
Restore Missing Old Snipping Tool after Windows 11 Upgrade
The 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 otherwise 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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