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How to Change Windows Vista Boot Screen

Some of you remember how it was possible to change the boot logo screen of Windows 95/98. I'm not sure why anyone would go into the trouble of actually doing it, but it seems that it is possible to do the same for Windows Vista.

By using a freeware 3rd-party tool called Vista Boot Logo Generator (written by Dan Smith), you can easily change the Windows Vista boot screen and use any high resolution image or photo as your boot screen.

This is the regular Windows Vista boot screen:

All you need is two images at 800x600 and 1024x768 saved as 24-bit Windows bitmaps:

Next, follow these steps:

  1. Download Dan Smiths Vista Boot Logo Generator.
  2. Install and run from the link in the Start Menu.
  3. Hit Browse for image and select both the 800x600 and 1024x768 resolution bitmap files for your boot screen.
  4. Click on File and select Save Boot Screen File As to save your file.
  5. Next, you will need to replace the winload.exe.mui file in C:\Windows\System32\en-us with the one you just created. Before you copy in your new file, make a backup of the original. You will need to take ownership of all files in the en-us directory, and also give your account file permissions to replace the files in order to overwrite the original file with the new winload.exe.mui file.
    To do so, log on as an administrator (if you have not done it by now). Open Windows Explorer and go to the C:\Windows\System32\ folder. Right click on the winload.exe.mui file and select Properties.
    • Next, click on Security tab and click Advanced.
    • Click on the Owner tab, and click Edit.
    • If you are prompted with the User Account Control Box, click Continue.
    • Click to select the Administrator account, or better, the user that you're currently using and which has Administrative capabilities, in my case, horstl. Click OK.
    • Back in the Security tab, click Edit to add your user account.
    • If you are prompted with the User Account Control Box, click Continue.
    • Click Add, select the desired user account (in my case - horstl), and click OK.
    • After it is shown in the list, select it and click the Full Control checkbox. Click OK all the way out.
  6. Now you can save the modified logon file in the C:\Windows\System32\en-us directory. You will be prompted to overwrite the existing file, click OK.
  7. Next, you'll be prompted to change the boot setting in the MSCONFIG tool. Click OK.
  8. Now, click on the Start button and type in "MSCONFIG" in the textbox.
  9. If you are prompted with the User Account Control Box, click Continue.
  10. Once the System Configuration tool loads, click on the Boot tab.
  11. Under Boot Options check "No GUI Boot".
  12. You will be prompted to reboot. If you want to, press Restart to see the new screen.
Posted on Monday, November 19, 2007 9:36 AM | Back to top


Comments on this post: Change the Vista Boot up Screen

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This version is not for 64 bit operating systems
Left by Daz on Mar 25, 2008 3:56 AM

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ive been told this doesnt work in SP1 it makes vista freak out..
Left by Ron on Apr 11, 2008 12:49 PM

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for a FREE SP1 compatible boot screen editor check out
http://www.vista123.net/vista-visual-master

easy!
Left by Albinoasian on Aug 20, 2008 11:10 AM

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OMG. this thing made my computer so wacked up i had to do full system restore point. Waste of time, besides it only takes like 5-15 seconds on the boot up showing this so i dont see why this has to be so fancy.
Don't bother looking here.
Left by bati on Aug 27, 2008 11:58 AM

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I like it so much
it's quite cool!
Left by ace on Sep 15, 2008 11:37 AM

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well i tried it some how its not happing. Its not loading the new file its showing me the old vista no boot image. please suggest..
Left by Pawan on Feb 03, 2010 7:06 PM

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