How to Record Screen in Microsoft Windows 7

This minHour teaches you how to record your computer screen on Windows 7. You can use either the free OBS ("Open Broadcaster Software") Studio program or the free ScreenRecorder program to do so.

Using OBS Studio

Open the OBS Studio site.

Go to in your computer’s web browser. OBS Studio is a free program that allows you to record your screen in high-definition and then save the recordings as playable video files on your computer.

Click Windows.

It’s a green button near the top of the page. This will prompt the OBS Studio setup file to begin downloading onto your computer.

Find the downloaded setup file.

You’ll usually find downloaded files in the “Downloads” folder, which you can open by pressing ⊞ Win+E and then clicking on the left side of the resulting window.

Double-click the OBS Studio setup file.

This will prompt the installation window to open.

Install OBS Studio.

To do so:

  • Click Yes if prompted.
  • Click Next
  • Click I Agree
  • Click Next
  • Click Install
  • Wait for the program to finish installing.

Launch OBS Studio.

Make sure that the “Launch OBS Studio” box in the middle of the page is checked, then click . OBS Studio will open.

  • You can also start OBS Studio by double-clicking its app icon on your desktop.

Navigate through the on-screen prompts.

The first time you run OBS Studio, you’ll usually be asked if you want to run the Auto-Configuration Wizard. Click on and follow the prompts.

Click +.

It’s in the lower-left side of the “Sources” window, which is in the lower-left section of the OBS Studio window. Clicking it prompts a pop-up menu to appear.

Click Display Capture.

This option is near the top of the pop-up menu. A new window will open.

Check the “Create new” box.

You’ll find it near the top of the window.

Enter a name for your capture.

Type the name under which you want to save your capture in the text field at the top of the window.

Click OK.

It’s at the bottom of the window.

Click OK again.

This will complete the recording setup. You’re now ready to begin recording.

  • If you want to keep your mouse out of your screen recording, first uncheck the “Capture Cursor” box.
  • If you use multiple displays, first click the “Display” drop-down box, then click the name of the display that you want to capture.

Click Start Recording.

It’s in the lower-right section of the OBS Studio window. Your recording will begin.

Click Stop Recording when you’re finished.

It’s in the same place as the button. The video will be saved to your computer.

  • To view your screen recording, click File in the menu bar, then click Show Recordings in the resulting drop-down menu.

Using ScreenRecorder

Open the ScreenRecorder page.

Go to in a web browser.

  • ScreenRecorder is a free utility developed by Microsoft.

Click UtilityOnlineMarch092009_03.exe.

It’s at the top of the window. Doing so will cause the ScreenRecorder file to download onto your computer.

Locate the downloaded file.

You’ll usually find downloaded files in the “Downloads” folder, which you can open by pressing ⊞ Win+E and then clicking on the left side of the resulting window.

Double-click the setup file.

Doing so will launch the installation window.

Install ScreenRecorder.

To do so:

  • Click Yes when prompted.
  • Select an installation location by clicking ⋯, clicking a folder, and clicking OK
  • Click Ok
  • Click Ok when prompted.

Open the installation folder.

Go to the location in which you installed ScreenRecorder, then double-click the folder there.

Double-click the “64-bit” folder.

It’s at the top of the installation folder.

  • If your computer uses a 32-bit processor, you’ll double-click the “32-bit” folder instead.
  • You can check your computer’s bit number if you don’t know whether your computer is 64-bit or 32-bit.

Double-click the “ScreenRecorder” icon.

It resembles a computer monitor.

Install the Windows Media Encoder 9.

Follow the on-screen prompts to do so.

Finish installing ScreenRecorder.

Double-click the “ScreenRecorder” icon again, then follow the prompts to install ScreenRecorder in its default location.

Open ScreenRecorder.

Double-click the ScreenRecorder shortcut on your desktop to open it.

Select the element you want to record.

Click the drop-down box on the left side of the ScreenRecorder bar, then select either or a specific window to record.

Check the Audio box to enable audio recording.

If you have a microphone plugged in, you can check the Audio box to enable audio recording along with the video capture. This will allow you to narrate what you are doing in the video.

  • ScreenRecorder uses your default Windows settings for audio input.
  • You can adjust audio levels through the Volume settings in the System Tray.

Decide if you want the border of your window to flash.

This tool causes the border of the window that is being recorded to flash. It will not appear in the recorded video.

  • If you don’t want to border to flash, check the “No Border Flashing” box before proceeding.

Click OK.

It’s in the middle of the ScreenRecorder window. This will open the recording tool.

Specify a name and file location.

Click the button at the top of the recording tool to do so.

  • ScreenRecorder records in WMV format.

Click the Start button.

ScreenRecorder will begin recording your specified area.

  • You can click the yellow Pause button to pause recording.

Finish recording when ready.

Click the red button to do so. This will complete the recording and output it to the file that you specified.


  • OBS Studio is compatible with Windows 7 and up.
  • If you just want to take a snapshot of your screen, you can use the Windows 7 snipping tool.
  • If you think these two free software is too difficult for a newbie or you need some tools more easy-to-use, you can try some reliable paid screen recorders such as Bandicam, Camtasia, RecMaster, etc.


  • Prolonged screen recordings can take up a large amount of hard drive space.
  • OBS Studio isn’t ideal for recording video games or other programs that use large amounts of memory and processing power.

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