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Server 2008 R2 Enable the "Snipping Tool"

KB ID 0000383 Dtd 26/01/11

Problem

The Windows Snipping Tool is not in the default build of Server 2008 R2, it's part of the "Desktop Experience" feature.

In addition to SnippingTool.exe, this feature also enables, Windows Media Player, Desktop themes, Video for Windows (AVI support), Windows SideShow, Windows Defender, Disk Cleanup, Sync Center,Sound Recorder, Character Map, and the Windows Disc Image Burner.

Solution

Warning before you do this, when completed the server will reboot a few times as it configures the features, and pulls down updates. Plan in some downtime to carry out this procedure.

1. On the server > Open server Manager (ServerManager.msc) > Expand Feature > Add Features > Locate the Desktop Experience and select it.

Desktop Experience

2. When finished it will ask for a reboot, then reboot (quite a lot - I was worried it was in a reboot loop at one point).

3. When it comes back there's your snipping tool.

2008 Snipping Tool

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