Vista Snipping Tool Recursion

I’ve found my fair share of bugs in Vista.  There is one that is particularly annoying to me.  Someone at Microsoft – please add this to the bug database and fix it in the next service pack – I’ve got to believe it’ll take a competent person 30 minutes from start to finish.

I find the Vista Snipping Tool invaluable.  It’s simple, does what I expect it to do, and is something that under older versions of Windows required at the minimum a shareware program.

It does one thing wrong.  It doesn’t know how to close.  Choosing File->Exit generates and error message that says “Snipping Tool has stopped working.” 


After Windows searches for the problem, it restarts!  Bizarrely, the second time you shut it down, the “Snipping Tool has stopped working” message appears but this time (and every time ever after, until you reboot again) you get a close program option which does eventually close it.

If this doesn’t make sense to you or if you find this entertaining, read my Vista Snipping Tool Recursion post.

  • You can go into a 10-page discussion on the philosophy behind that post and the image. I love it!

  • Hey, Brad.

    Would you like to borrow one of my Macs? 🙂

    J o s h

  • laurie

    it is annoying but it is still the best thing about vista so far-an example of its application

  • it seems to be a hiccup in a number of Vista apps. My favourite RSS reader (RikReader) has the same problem… I hit close and after it shuts Vista has a panic that maybe I didn’t want to close it 😉
    I’m guessing that there’s a “correct” shutdown process for an app under Vista that third parties might not always follow… but you’d hope a Vista core utility would work right…

  • meg

    I think Vista’s biggest bug is that it’s not OS X. 😉

  • Huh? Works great for me.

    Perhaps try Snaggit 😉

  • Jussi

    I had same error with Snipping tool but it was fixed when i turned off Tablet PC Optional Components from Windows features and then turned it back on.

  • Skark166

    Mac heads are just loosers who can't handle technology. Freakin Yuppies!