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diamondhead - 24 Oct. 2004 - 11:37:

XP SP2 boot screen

Up until recently, I have been using BootXp to change the boot screen on XP. Then, I installed SP2 and it now doesn't work at all whatsoever. I contacted the author about this and requested to him that he makes an update to his program. In the meantime, I would like to know just how you would change the boot screen in XP SP2. Thanks. I knew there would be cons along with pros with installing SP2.
30 Oct. 2004 - 12:02 grindlestone
Add the following to the last line of your boot.ini

/bootlogo /noguiboot

Then drop a 640x480, 16 color .bmp named boot.bmp into your windows folder.

When you reboot it will display the image instead of the bootscreen
30 Oct. 2004 - 16:40 diamondhead
I tried out your advice and now nothing at all displays, neither my custom image nor the bootscreen. Here's what my boot.ini looke like:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn/bootlogo /noguiboot
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Server" /fastdetect

Could I have left something out? As you can see, I have 2 operating systems. Could that have anything to do with it not working?
30 Oct. 2004 - 16:44 undefined
You probably need a space before /bootlogo.
30 Oct. 2004 - 21:50 diamondhead
I did put a space before that but still got nothing.
30 Oct. 2004 - 21:51 plastic
Weird, I didn't know about this option, cool :). It's like 9x booting back into XP.
30 Oct. 2004 - 22:45 diamondhead
Just what option are you talking about?
30 Oct. 2004 - 23:19 plastic
The boot.bmp thing, diamondhead (sp1, btw). Besides the space, are you sure your image is 16 colors (not even 256 colors) only (used old VGA palette, you can't really do much that doesn't look oldfashioned) ?
30 Oct. 2004 - 23:45 diamondhead
Yes, I used a 16-color 640X480 bitmap. Wait a minute! I forgot to rename the image to boot.bmp! Silly me!
30 Oct. 2004 - 23:47 diamondhead
Let me reboot and see what happens now.
31 Oct. 2004 - 00:14 diamondhead
It worked! Better still, the boot screen no longer has that ugly horizontal line towards the bottom of the screen which has those blue(xp pro) or green(xp home) dots that flash from left to right in it! Thanks a lot dudes!!!
31 Oct. 2004 - 00:32 craeonics
*jaw drops

Hmm, so I've been resediting ntoskrnl while there was an easier solution after all. Does this use the palette of the image or the default one?
31 Oct. 2004 - 02:18 undefined
craeonics: It (fortunately) uses the image's palette.
31 Oct. 2004 - 05:05 DJ_Loao
Oooh...! Excellent stuff!
I used to have a custom boot logo before I installed (and subsequently un-installed) SP2...
After SP2 it doesn't work anymore, so I'll be trying that now!

...There are still a few bits of SP2 remaining in my system (such as security warnings before opening downloaded .exe's...), even though I've uninstalled it... Stupid thing...
31 Oct. 2004 - 13:20 grindlestone
Stumbled on this one just a few weeks ago. Some might not like it because you don't get flashing lights etc, but I think it's beautifully simple. The way things ought to be...
01 Nov. 2004 - 16:00 diamondhead
Yes, simplicity is always the best. It reminds me of this cartoon I once saw. In it, there were 2 control panels. One was labeled 'woman' and the other one was labeled 'man'. The 'woman' control panel had a whole bunch of knobs, switches, buttons, dials, gauges, etc. But, the 'man' one only had an on/off switch. LOL
01 Nov. 2004 - 16:02 dreamz
interesting. i just might have to try this out. thanks!
22 Nov. 2004 - 06:11 zick
the only thing that i wish 'bout boot screens is that you could make them have a larger palette and a higher resolution. i mean seriously, how many people work on a computer that has a 640x480x16 screen size? seriously :)
22 Nov. 2004 - 10:42 DJ_Loao
The reason there are these limitations is because Windows hasn't fully loaded itself and all the system drivers. The basic graphics drivers that are used to display the boot screen can't do any better than 640x480x16.
Thats just the way it works, really... Admittedly, its a bit poor, but what can you do?
29 Sep. 2008 - 02:19 ManWithQuestion
I made a boot.bmp, it works good and all, but how in the world do you get the progress bar to work?
05 Dec. 2008 - 22:12 geeneeyes
WOW !!! just what i had in mind ... thanks
i got the perfect bmp made for that..... VP amazing
06 Jul. 2009 - 16:43 bal98er

the progress bar works due to windows internal code. nothing can be done about it. the only strict rule is that the progress bar bitmap should be of the required dimensions, viz., width of the bar, width of the black gap, height &c.

i reshacked ntoskrnl only to get unwanted black-white-gray bars at the top and the bottom when windows boots up.

any suggestions anyone?
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