Change Windows XP's splash screen-The easy way

The most common way of editing Windows XP’s boot screen is by editing ntoskrnl.
There is a more simple way of changing the boot screen.The only drawback is that the progress bar leaves a trail.

First make create 16 bit 640*480 image and save it as boot.bmp in ‘c:\windows’ directory
Click Start|Run and type c:\boot.ini.
The file opens in Notepad.
Look for an entry similar to this.

"multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect"

Add /noguiboot /bootlogo at the end of the line so that it looks like this.

"multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /noguiboot /bootlogo"

We add the /noguiboot switch to remove the existing splash screen.
We add the /bootlogo switch to add our own image.

Just make sure the image is 16 bit colour and the resolution 640*480 px



About the Author: Bharat Balegere

Bharat Balegere is a 27 year old blogger from Bengaluru. He is a technology enthusiast and loves tinkering with computers and usb drives.

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  • Thanks – really quick and efficient tweak. Achieved the change in about 5 min using irfanview.

  • A small correction:

    “multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows XP Professional” /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /noguiboot /bootlogo”

    -A little changes, quotes remove both before multi and at the end of bootlogo.
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows XP Professional” /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /noguiboot /bootlogo

    Anyway, still a very nice post.

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