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How to Record Screen on Windows 7/8

By Emily Watson, Tuesday, May 12, 2020

How do I record my screen on Windows 7 or Windows 8? The question has been asked by many users. Unfortunately, Windows 7 doesn't have a built-in screen recorder.

So how to record computer screen on Windows 7 and Windows 8?

You need to download a screen recorder for Windows 7/8. Here we'll introduce a screen recording software that is free to download. You can use it to record game screen, video streams, capture facecam, and more without watermark. And It can record computer screen with both system sound and microphone voices on your laptop or desktop PC.

Keep on reading to learn how this screen capture software works.

Screen Recorder for Windows 7/8: Record Screen Video

The screen video recorder we are introducing here is FonePaw Screen Recorder. The recorder has everything you need to record gameplay, live streaming videos, desktop, webcam, app, and any other things on your computer screen.

  • Select area to record game & computer screen;

  • Add mouse click effects to video recording;

  • Draw annotations in the screen recording, which is helpful in making a video tutorial;

  • Support webcam overlay to record your screen as well as your face;

  • Record internal sounds from computer and external sounds from the microphone; Capture screenshots at any time.

  • Sound check option allows users to test before recording.

FonePaw Screen Recorder Homepage

FonePaw Screen Recorder captures screen videos in high or even lossless quality and of frame rate up to 60fps, keeping the video quality close to the original games or videos. So it is perfect for recording tutorials, self-demonstrations, video games, streaming videos, video chats (Skype, MSN, etc.) on Windows 7/8/10.

So how to use this screen & video capture software on Windows 7/8? The method is simple.

Steps to Record Computer Screen on Windows 7/8

Free download FonePaw Screen Recorder on Windows 7 and 8. The screen recorder works for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows.


Step 1 Run the screen recorder. It has 3 functions: video recorder, audio recorder, snapshot. Click Video Recorder for video screen capture.

Video Recorder on Windows

Step 2 Select the area of the computer screen you want to record. You may record the full screen or a certain area of the screen.

Select Area to Record Screen

Step 3 Choose whether to enable webcam, system audio, microphone. Also, by clicking More Settings, you'll have the option of whether to record mouse clicks, hide desktop icons while recording, video quality, video formats (MP4, MOV, AVI, F4V, GIF, TS), and more.

It is in need to operate sound checking before recording. Hit Start sound check button to record 20-second audio file. If you are satisfied, move to the next step.

Recording Settings

Step 4 Click the REC button (Or press hotkeys Ctrl + Alt + R) to start recording. During the recording, you can take screenshots or add annotations (text, line, circle) in your screen video.

Recording Computer Screen

  • When capturing live streaming videos, webinar, video calls, you may click the clock icon to set a timer to record automatically. Just enter the duration of the screen recording.

Step 5 When the video screen capture is done, click the Stop button (Or press hotkeys Ctrl + Alt + R) to stop filming. You can view the screen video, save it on Windows 7/8 PC and upload it to YouTube, Vimeo, Twitch.

Save Screen Video on Windows 7/8

Steps Recorder on Windows 7/8: Capture Screen to Reproduce A Problem

Although Windows 7 or Windows 8 doesn't have a built-in video screen recorder, it does have a hidden screen capture tool called Problem Steps Recorder, which can help you record steps you take on the computer.

However, the record is saved as an HTML file. So Problem Steps Recorder is NOT a video screen recorder that can capture screen video, but it is handy when you need to record a computer problem or demonstrate the steps in using apps/games on the computer.

Step 1 Click Start button > Accessories > Problem Steps Recorder (On Windows 10, click Windows Accessories > Steps Recorder).

Step 2 The Step Recorder window will show up. Click Start Record.

Windows 7 Problem Steps Recorder

Step 3 Go through all steps you want to record and during the recording, you can click Add Comment, highlight the area you want to annotate, and type your comments.

Recording Screen with Windows Steps Recorder

Step 4 When you are done, click Stop Record. The recording will be saved as a .zip file, which can be unzipped later and be viewed by a web browser.

Windows Recorded Problem Steps

Again, Problem Steps Recorder cannot record screen video on Windows 7/8. To record desktop, game, streaming videos, video chats, use the display recorder - FonePaw Screen Recorder introduced above.

And before sharing the screen videos to YouTube or other platforms, you can further edit or convert the videos with FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate.

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