How to disable print screen in xp

Written by jericho mccune
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The print screen key found on most computer keyboards is used to create a screen capture. This is a picture of the full computer screen that can be pasted into documents and saved for future reference or printed out. The key is registered in Windows XP as a hot key. Disabling print screen requires altering the Windows registry file, which can cause problems with the operating system. Be very careful when working with the registry, and don't make any changes unless the effects of the change are already known.

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  1. 1

    Click on the "Start" button. Select "Run", type "regedit" and hit enter.

  2. 2

    In the left frame of the window select "HKEY_LOCAL_ MACHINE", "System", "CurrentControlSet", "Control" and "Keyboard Layout" in that order. Each selection will be a subfolder for the previous folder.

  3. 3

    With "Keyboard Layout" selected, double-click the file in the right frame. Type "0000000000000000040000002AE037E0000037E00000540000000000" into the add value field and hit enter.

  4. 4

    Close the window. Restart the computer.

  5. 5

    To re-enable the "Print Screen" key, simply remove the value from the data field.

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