Ease Of Access Replacer: Replace Ease of Access button in Windows with useful tools

We had earlier released Windows 7 Logon Screen Ease Of Access Button Replacement Tool, that let you disable the Ease of Access button on the logon screen and replace it with CMD or Run command or allowed you to take screenshot of the logon screen. We have taken it offline and replaced it with the new Ease Of Access Replacer v2, which we are releasing today. This new tool, yet another freeware from TWC, will let you do all this and more in Windows 8 and Windows 7.

Ease Of Access Replacer

The Ease of Access button offers Accessibility tools and options like the Narrator, magnifier, On-screen keyboard, High Contrast, Sticky Keys and Filter Keys.

Ease Of Access Replacer v2 (EOAR) is a simple tool that will let you replace your Ease of Access button on the Logon Screen with different useful options. If you do not have the need for the Ease of Access button, which offers , then replacing it with other useful tools might be an option you may want to consider.

The freeware replaces the button with the following useful tools:

  1. Logon Screen Screenshot: Take a screenshot of the Logon Screen. Logon Screenshots are saved to C:\Screenshots.
  2. Lock Screen Screenshot: Take a screenshot of the Lock Screen. Lock Screen Screenshots are saved to C:\Screenshots.
  3. CMD Prompt: Opens a Command Prompt.
  4. Powershell: Opens a Powershell Prompt.
  5. Registry Editor: Opens the Registry Editor.
  6. Run Dialog: Opens the Run Dialog.
  7. Task Manager: Opens the Task Manager.

Please note that if you wish to take a screenshot of the Lock Screen, once you hit the button, you will have to wait for about 1 minute or so for the Lock Screen to activate and be dismissed. “So far this is the only safe method I have came up with that works,” says TWC Team Member Lee Whittington.

The tool is a stand-alone portable app that does not require an install. To install Ease of Access button, simply run Ease Of Access Replacer tool and click on Install. Although the tool will by default, create a system restore point first, you may if wish create one manually too, just to be safe. To uninstall, run the tool again and click on Uninstall. You may be required to run EOAR as an administrator.

Having tools like CMD, Regedit, Task Manager,  Run would be great if you were to find that you had reached the log in screen, but found Windows was crashing at the login screen or that you were unable to log in or access some files for some reason. These tools could help you address such problems. However, having access to the CMD could also allow anyone to reset passwords or delete user accounts, once he reached the log in screen. It would therefore be a good idea to install it, if you are the only user, and if your machine is physically secure.

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Ease Of Access Replacer v2 has been designed for Windows 8, 32-bit and 64-bit, but should work on Windows 7 too.

Donations, if any, made go to the developer and do not come to The Windows Club.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, an end-user Windows enthusiast, & a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows for the period 2006-16. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

36 Comments

  1. sunco

    Uhm.. it doesn’t work on my Windows 8 RTM Enterprise – BUILD 92000 – x86 – Spanish. It says something about can’t found a file

  2. Justin

    It says Could not backup ease of access when I try to install it.

  3. Leewhittington

    I’ll try to switch my version to Spanish when I get a chance and see if it is a language version issue.

  4. Leewhittington

    32 or 64 Bit Operating System, Windows 7 or Windows 8, language version?

  5. Justin

    Windows 8, 32 bit. ENGLISH (PH).

  6. Justin

    I also tried running it as an administrator, but it still shows the same errors, both on CMD and the program itself.

  7. Justin

    And oh yeah, I’m using Windows 8 Release Preview.

  8. Leewhittington

    I’ll have an updated version maybe as soon as possible and hopefully it will remedy the issue for x86 systems.

  9. Jonathan Ruiz

    Yes please, i want to use this tool.

  10. ?? ?

    I can’t use my narrator or sth else by clicking the wheelchair?It even has no reaction after I click it?after uninstall it.What should I do to repair it?

  11. Patiphan_moss97

    when i click install.It showed “Could not backup ease of access”
    What I can do for it

  12. joel lindelof

    FYI, you must right click the installer and “Run as Administrator” to get this to install correctly. Otherwise, works as advertised (except Task Manager will not launch”.

  13. miau

    it simply doesn’t work, im on a 64bit system an every time i run the .exe as an administrator i get the error:”Could not backup ease of access” ;-(

  14. Jeremy Crabtree

    This doesn’t work. When I run the installer I see two different CMD windows pop open full of syntax errors and I get the “Could not backup ease of access” message. Win8 Pro/64bit

  15. Jeremy Crabtree

    Actually, “EOAR Setup.exe” doesn’t work, “EOAR.exe” runs, but gives and error message and works anyway. The uninstall option in EOAR.exe also fails, but manually restoring Utilman.exe does work.

  16. telemarker

    i tried to install it on windows 8 pro 64bit.

    i did not work. either with the eoar setup.exe nor with the eoar.exe (run normally and as administrator). always got this error:

    “could not backup ease of access”
    “could not replace ease of access”

    please help or make a new version. jeremy what’s the trick to get it work anyway?

  17. filip

    help it says that it couldnt backup and then it says it couldnt restore

  18. Muhammed Galip Uluda?

    if you want to restore this go to windowssystem32 find utilman.exe then rename utilman1.exe after find utilman.bak rename to utilman.exe 🙂

  19. Hà Sinh Ánh H?a

    [Finally, I can do this >_< Thank you soooo much!]

    [For those who have yet done, you need to change the permission of the file Utilman.exe into your user account/administrator before running the application. It took me for a while to to this @@]

    [Btw, my laptop is Dell, running win8 pro 32bit and it works well on me!]

  20. disqus_9H2tM16cdZ

    When I take a screenshot of the lock screen, the dialog box comes up saying that the screenshot “was successful”. But.. where did the screenshot go? I can’t find it on my computer, nor is it on my clipboard (there was nothing to paste into Paint, etc.). Where is the default location for the Ease of Access replacer to store screenshots?

  21. Logon Screenshots are saved to C:Screenshots.

  22. disqus_9H2tM16cdZ

    Thanks!

  23. Serq123

    Your tool captures only a fragment of lock screen now whole. Any ideas?:)

  24. Rindis

    Yeah, I finally got a lock screen screenshot after some fiddling around. It’s only getting the upper-left hand quarter of the screen on my Surface Pro 2.

  25. BAfH

    for Windows 8.1 you must Change the rights for c:windowssystem32utilman.exe Change Admin to full Access.
    it works…

  26. Rindis

    You mean go to the properties for Utilman.exe; Security->Administrators->Edit and set to ‘Full control’?

    I just tried that, and I’m still only seeing the upper-left-hand quarter of the screen in the screenshot.

  27. Kimahri Ronso

    Right click on the file then run on compatibility on Windows 7. It worked for me.

  28. ChairmanMeow

    I have a suggestion to everyone having problems with this on Windows 8: Use any other operating system but Windows 8, because it’s the worst thing to ever happen to a computer in the history of time. It’s even worse than malware. You’re having problems because it sucks, plain and simple. You’ll be happier with Windows 7. Windows 7 is actually good. ^_^

  29. cristian21620

    Im trying to uninstall EOAR but When I look for the folder it doesn’t appear on my pc and it doesn’t work on my windows 8.1 pro x64 theres a way that I could uninstall this?

  30. It is a stand-alone portable app that does not require an install. Reverse the changes made and delete the program folder.

  31. Jerry Wilkinson

    I know this was a while ago but is this fixed now? I still have this error.

  32. Andre

    Nice tool! On my screen (Win 8.1) 2160×1440 (yep Surface Pro 3), it only captures part of the logon screen however. Can this be updated please?

  33. Andre

    Hi, great tool! I tried this on Windows 8.1 with screen size 2160×1440 (Surface Pro 3). It captures only part of the logon screen. Can this be updated please?

  34. ??

    Got same issue. Windows 8.1 with screen size 1920×1080.

  35. Excellent tool, works as advertised. But one question arises:

    What if I want to keep the ease of access buttons? I frequently use the On Screen Keyboard on the login screen instead of folding out my keyboard from under the screen. And occasionally I use the Narrator too.

    For now, I’ve installed EOAR2, used it once for taking a screenshot, then I unfortunately had to uninstall it to get back my favorite buttons. I’m sure you could add the default Windows ease of access buttons as a menu into your app. I’d like to keep EOAR2 installed and use it constantly. Please add ease of access tools to it, or make the items customizable.

  36. Eshaan

    an awesome thing you have made because really ease of access button had no value for me as i always needed a command prompt to change the password from the log off screen/hack the password as my sister changed it mostly everytime. keep it up for the good work:D

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