Boot Screen - Change

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How to Change the Default Boot Screen in Vista
Synopsis
This will show you how to replace the default Vista boot screen with a downloaded BootSkin or any .bmp, .jpg, .png, or .gif image of your choice instead.
How to Change the Default Boot Screen in Vista

information   Information
The boot screen is the screen that displays during the bootup (startup) of Vista before the logon screen (welcome screen) and the desktop.
Tip   Tip
Running the sfc/ scannow command will reset the boot screen back to default.
warning   Warning
If you wanted to run chkdsk at startup or the Memory Diagnostic Tool and you have changed the default boot screen, then you will need to temporarily change the boot screen back to the default boot screen to be able to see what is happening first to be able to see what is happening when they run at startup.

EXAMPLE: Default Vista boot screen
Default_Boot_Screen.jpg





OPTION ONE
Using Stardock BootSkins

NOTE: This free program will let you replace the default Vista boot screen with any free skin that you have downloaded from WinCustomize BootSkins. You cannot create a BootSkin with any image that you like with the free version of BootSkins though.
1. Download and install the Vista version of Stardock BootSkin.​
NOTE: You will need to right click on the bootskinvista_public.exe installation file and click on Run as administrator to install this program properly.​
2. Download a BootSkin that you would like to use as your boot sceeen, and save it somewhere you would like to keep it at.​
4. Run BootSkin. (See screenshot below)​
BootSkin.jpg

3. To Add a BootSkin
NOTE: This will add a downloaded BootSkin to the bottom to have to select from.​
A) Click on the Add New BootSkin option, then browse to where you have saved the downloaded BootSkin and select it.​

4. To Delete a BootSkin
NOTE: This will delete and remove the currently selected BootSkin from the bottom.
5. To Apply a BootSkin as the Vista Boot Screen
A) Select a BootSkin from the bottom so that it appears in the larger preview window.​
B) Click on the Apply This BootSkin option.​

6. Restart the computer to see the changed boot screen.​





OPTION TWO
Using Vista Visual Master

NOTE: This free program will allow you to replace the default Vista boot screen with any .bmp, .jpg, .png, or .gif image of your choice instead.
1. Download and install the free program Vista Visual Master.​
warning   Warning
If you get a "cannot find en-CA" type error while running this program, then open the Control Panel, and go into Regional and Language Options. Change the default input language format to the folder that you have in your C:\Windows\System32\Boot folder. For example, en-CA (Canada), en-US (United States), etc....
2. Use Compatibility Mode on the Vista Visual Master shortcut, and check the Run this program as an administrator box (see step 8 at link).​
3. Click on the Vista Visual Master shortcut to run the program.​
4. Click on Allow in the UAC prompt.​
5. Click on the Boot Screen option. (See screenshot below)​
Vista_Visual_Master_1.jpg

6. To Change the Default Boot Screen
A) Click on Browse button and navigate to and select the .bmp, .jpg, .png, or .gif image you want for as the new boot screen. (See screenshot above)​
B) Click on the Generate button and save the winload.exe.mui file to use as the new boot screen. (See screenshot below step 6E)​
WARNING: The generated file must be named winload.exe.mui and remain on the computer for it to be able to be used at boot.​
C) Click on OK in the success pop-up. (See screenshot below)​
Generate_Success.jpg

D) Check the Change Boot Screen box. (See screenshot below step 6E)​
NOTE: If the location of the winload.exe.mui file you want to use is not correct, then click on Browse and navigate to where you saved it in step 6B.​
E) Click on the Apply button. (See screenshot below)​
Vista_Visual_Master_2.jpg

F) Click on OK in the success pop-up. (See screenshot below)​
Updated_Success.jpg

G) Go to step 8.​

7. To Restore the Default Boot Screen
A) Check the Change Boot Screen box. (See screenshot below step 5)​
B) Click on the Restore to Default button. (See screenshot below step 5)​
C) Click on OK in the success pop-up. (See screenshot below)​
Restore_Success.jpg


8. Close the Vista Visual Master window.​
9. Restart the computer to see the changed boot screen.​
That's it,
Shawn



 
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Shawn Brink

Comments

You're welcome Mansrm81. It took a bit since that option was disabled after SP1 was installed, but finally a solution had popped up. :geek:
 
Hi Dinesh,

It's for both the 64 bit and 32 bit Vista. See the Applies To box towards the upper right corner of the tutorial. ;)
 
Hello Brink,
I m trying to put my pic on the logon screen. Its in .jpg format. i changed the boot screen using this tool and i also got the confirmation dialog box. but when i restart the system, its the same default vista boot screen. I also checked the change boot screen option. Its not working.
 
Hi Dinesh,

Double check steps 6D on to make sure that the correct location is selected for the winload.exe.mui file created in steps 6A & 6B.
 
I would say that it was a false positive. I scanned this program with Avast, Spybot Search & Destroy, and many others with no malware found from it.
 
hello shawn, tried the 6D step as well, the loaction seems to be correct, but its not working. i do not have sp1 yet. could this be the problem?
 
Hello Fatima4rasel,

Did you do step 2 ?

Where are you trying to save the newly created winload.exe.mui file to?

You would not be able to save it in a system file (ex: C:\Windows\System32), instead you need to save it to somewhere like your user folders or the default Wallpaper folder (C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper).

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn
 
@ Brink i seem to be expirencing some problems with this whole thing i follow at the steps but i get a message saying that c:\system32\boot\en-CA is missing why is it not triggering on US which i do have and is there a way to fix this problem.
 
Hello Azorot, and welcome to Vista Forums.

I'm not sure why you would be getting that error. You might uninstall the program and reinstall it again to see if it was corrupted.

You might also run a sfc /scannow command to see if it can find and fix and bad system files that may be involved as well.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
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