Many years ago I wrote a program in 320x200x 8 bit video mode. I'd like to capture the graphical display somehow from a Windows XP machine.

I can run it on Windows XP in full screen mode, but the Print Screen key doesn't function. Is there a free program that will take a screen shot 10 seconds or so after I press go? It just needs to write a file in some modern image format: PNG, BMP, etc.

  • I assume you do not run a virtual machine for the XP. If you happen to use it via virtual machine (as this is a tendency for this OS since MS are soon abandoning it) then you could try to run the machine in a window mode (the game still being on full-screen) and print-screen trough the host OS. – Ivaylo Slavov Feb 7 '14 at 21:23
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    superuser.com/questions/122799/… – Olli Feb 7 '14 at 21:34
  • You do need to run it on full-screen mode? – Victor Stafusa Feb 7 '14 at 22:22

You can always use DoSBox to run your application and then use this tutorial to take fullscreen screenshots in a decent quality.

Tutorial: http://www.glennsguides.com/2008/11/how-to-capture-screenshot-in-dosbox.html

DoSBox: http://www.dosbox.com/

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I know you asked for free, but you may want to consider Snagit from TechSmith. They do offer a 30-day trial (so if this is indeed a one-shot task, you should be able to get that done during the trial).

See http://www.techsmith.com/snagit.html

(I have used this tool for multiple years now, it is quite useful for many tasks and you may find you want to purchase it after you use it.)

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For screen capture, I don't think that you can beat FastStone Capture. It does what you want and sooooo much more.

It has become commercial, but the last free version did what you want.

That should do it, and it's the one that I use & recommend, but you will find other options at http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-screen-capture-tool.htm and you can record video with one of these http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-screen-session-recorder.htm

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