Snipping Tool Not Working on Windows 11? How to Fix ‘This app can’t open’ Error

The snipping tool has been a long-standing important addition to Windows that has managed to

The snipping tool has been a long-standing important addition to Windows that has managed to survive a lot of versions that weren’t very well received by the public at first. If you’re someone who takes a lot of screenshots, then you are probably familiar with the Windows + Shift + S keyboard shortcut.

Sadly, the snipping tool hasn’t been working for a lot of users lately, especially those who recently updated to Windows 11 from Windows 10 as they are getting this long error: ‘This app can’t open. A problem with Windows is preventing Screen Snipping from opening. Refreshing your PC might help fix it.’

If you are in the same boat then here are some fixes that should help you get the Snipping Tool back up and running again on your system. 

Snipping Tool Broken Issue: How to fix

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Here’s how you can fix Snipping Tool on your Windows 11 PC. You can use the first two community-found fixes or use the last method suggested by Microsoft. Let’s get started. 

Fix 1: Use the older version of the app

If you recently updated from Windows 10 then you can use the old version of the Snipping Tool which will be available in your Boot Driver. Windows stores your previous installation for the first 10 days from the date of your update. You can use this to your advantage to use the older version of the Snipping Tool on your PC.

Navigate to the following path to get you started.

C:/Windows.old/Windows/System32/

Find ‘SnippingTool.exe’ in the current folder and copy it to your clipboard.

Navigate to the following path now.

C:/Windows/System32/

Paste the file you had copied to your clipboard earlier.

Subsequently, copy the file named SnippingTool.exe.mui from the path given below. 

C:Windows.oldWindowsSystem32en-US

Paste the copied file in the following folder. 

C:WindowsSystem32en-US

Replace any and all files if you are prompted. 

Try using the Windows + Shift + S keyboard shortcut now and click on +New. The Snipping Tool should now be working as intended and you should no longer get the ‘This app can’t open. A problem with Windows is preventing Screen Snipping from opening. Refreshing your PC might help fix it.’ error.

Fix 2: Uninstall Security Update KB5006674

Security Update KB5006674 might not be the culprit for your malfunctioning Snipping Tool, but removing it surely reverts some major changes and apps which seems to fix Snipping Tool on all systems. However, this has a couple of disadvantages as you will lose out on specific Windows 11 features which might be a dealbreaker for some users. Here’s what you will lose out on when uninstalling Security Update KB6006674.

  • Windows 11 right-click context menu
  • Windows 11 File Explorer
  • Windows 11 Display & Personalization menus

In case you are comfortable with using the older versions of these features for a while or manually updating them, then you can use the guide below to uninstall the Security Update from your system. 

Uninstall Security Update

Press Windows + i and click on Windows Update on your left. 

Now click on ‘Update history’. 

Scroll to the bottom and click on ‘Uninstall updates’. 

Find Security Update KB5006674 in this list and click and select it. 

Click on ‘Uninstall’ at the top. 

Confirm your choice and the selected security update will now be removed from your PC.

We recommend you restart your PC at this point and try using the Snipping Tool again. You should no longer face any issues while using the Snipping tool in Windows 11. 

Fix 3: Ensure clipboard history is enabled

This is an older solution but worth a try nonetheless as Snipping Tool too is about to be deprecated soon. Clipboard history allows Windows to remember all elements, images, and text copied to your clipboard which proves beneficial when you are trying to move or copy multiple things at once.

As Snipping Tool relies on its keyboard shortcut to copy screenshots to your clipboard, having history disabled can sometimes interfere with this process. Hence you can try enabling clipboard history to get Snipping Tool working again. 

Press Windows + i and click on ‘Clipboard’ on your right. 

Enable the toggle for ‘Clipboard history’ at the top of your screen. 

Once enabled, we recommend you restart your PC and use Snipping Tool as intended. The app should now be working on your PC if Clipboard history was the cause of your issue.

Fix 4: Reset and repair the app

You can also try to reset and repair the Snipping Tool from within Windows 11. If the app is properly installed and you are facing issues using certain features of it, then you can use the guide below to first repair the app, and if that does not work, then reset it to start from scratch. 

Press Windows + i on your keyboard and click on ‘Apps’ on your left. 

Click on ‘Apps & features’. 

Find Snipping Tool in the current list and click on the 3-dot menu icon beside it. 

Select ‘Advanced options’. 

Scroll down and click on ‘Terminate’ to terminate any currently running instances of the app. 

Click on ‘Repair’. 

Once the process finishes, try launching the Snipping Tool again.

If the app works as intended then the issue has been fixed for you, if not, then click on ‘Reset’ to start from scratch.

Confirm your choice by clicking on the same again. 

The app will now be reset. Once the process completes, launch the app again and try using the Snipping Tool as intended. The app should be fixed for most users that had a proper installation on their PCs. 

Fix 5: Reinstall Snipping Tool

If the above fix did not work for you then you can try reinstalling the Snipping Tool. Follow the guide below to get you started.

Press Windows + S on your keyboard, search for PowerShell and click on ‘Run as administrator’.

Now type in the following command and press Enter on your keyboard.

get-appxpackage *Microsoft.ScreenSketch* | remove-appxpackage

Snipping Tool will now be removed from your PC. We recommend you restart your PC at this point. Once restarted, launch PowerShell as an administrator again and execute the following command.

Get-AppXPackage *Microsoft.ScreenSketch* -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml"}

Once the app is installed, you can close PowerShell and use Snipping Tool as intended. The app should now work as intended on your PC.

Fix 6: SFC scan and DISM check

You should also run an SFC scan and DISM check on your system to ensure that all your system files have been properly configured and installed on your system. Corrupted system files and programs identified by these scans will be automatically replaced which should help fix most issues on your system. Use the guide below to run an SFC scan and DISM check on your system. 

Press Windows + S, search for CMD and click on ‘Run as administrator’ once it shows up in your search results. 

Now type in the following command to run the SFC scan. 

sfc /scannow

Subsequently, run the following command to perform a DISM check on your system. 

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

Fix 7: Use a third-party alternative instead

If by this time Snipping Tool isn’t working for you then we recommend you opt for an alternative. We recommend you give the Xbox Game bar a try as it is already installed on most systems. This way you won’t have to opt for a third-party app.

However, if you are looking for fleshed-out utilities with the ability to automate tasks, upload captures, capture videos, and more, then third-party apps might be a better alternative for you. Follow the guide below to use the Xbox Game bar or skip to the next section if you wish to use a third-party app instead. 

Xbox Game bar

Press Windows + G on your keyboard to launch the Xbox Game bar. If the Game Bar isn’t available for you, then you can use this link to download it to your PC. Now simply click the Camera icon in the top left to take a screenshot.

You can also use the other icons to capture your screen and you can also use the Windows + Alt + PrtSc shortcut to take a screenshot instantly using the Xbox Game Bar. 

Third-party Alternatives

Fix 8: Last Resort: Refresh your PC

Surprisingly this is the official fix issued by Microsoft to get Snipping Tool back up and running again on your system. Follow the guide below to refresh your PC.

Press Windows + i, and click on ‘Windows Update’.

Click on ‘Advanced Options’.

Now click on ‘Recovery’.

Click on ‘Reset PC.

Select ‘Keep my files’ and follow the on-screen instructions to refresh your PC.

How to avoid the error: Don’t Update Snipping Tool from the Microsoft Store

A few community reports seem to suggest that a recent update to the Snipping Tool from the Microsoft Store is to be blamed for this issue on all systems. The update has since been pulled from the Microsoft Store, but if you had automatic updates enabled then chances are that Snipping Tool has already updated in the background which is why you are facing this issue.

In such cases, we recommend you try a reinstall of Snipping Tool using the guide above as you will get the older version from the Microsoft Store. You can use the link below to get Snipping Tool on your system. 

  • Snipping Tool Microsoft Store | Link

We hope this guide helped you get Snipping Tool back up and running again on your PC. If you face any issues or have any questions, feel free to drop them in the comments section below.


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