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

I have the same problem that Fatima4rasel have.
"Generate Boot Screen File Failed : Could not find a part of the path 'C:/Windows/system32/boot/he-il/winload.exe.mui' "
Thanks for the help :)
 
Yes I get a similar message, but referring to Windows\System32\Boot\en-GB\winload.exe.mui. Pre-SP1, the file to be altered was, if memory serves, C:\Windows\System32\en-US\winload.exe.mui. Googling for the \en-GB directory (in either place) comes up empty
 
Hello AloNs and AvatarOfTheShip,

What was the full path of the Picture location and MUI File location before you clicked on the Apply button?
 
Brink - hi :) I downloaded a few .mui files which are in, um, D:\Resources\Vista Cosmetic\Bootscreens and the pictures I tried were in D:\Resources\Pictures. Is the prog expecting them to be in a specific place?
 
No, but I was seeing if maybe there might be a common location for the people that are getting this error. Not sure why you would be getting that error yet.
 
Maybe its because i did an update to the computer and accidentally downloaded a lot of language packs.
It could be it? because it's searching for the system language in the boot folder in system32...
 
Seems like it could be related. Otherwise, I wouldn't know why it would be searching it that nonexistant location.
 
But I never loaded any of the language packs. Also aloNs had trouble with 'C:/Windows/system32/boot/he-il/winload.exe.mui' " (Hebrew, apparently) whereas mine made more sense, in a way - mine was 'C:/Windows/system32/boot/en-GB/winload.exe.mui' " and my locale etc was set to UK, not US. But where is the program getting these directories? I had a look at the environment variables but... Well, it's just a cosmetic thing I guess, so no need to get all bent out of shape about it, but it would be nice just to figure it out
 
I'm not sure where it is getting these directories from. It seems like some bug with the program on non US locale set systems. You might also contact the support for the program to see what they may say to.

AloNs, what is your system locale set as?
 
My system local set as Hebrew... but even when I changed it to English(US) the program steel tried to locate "he-IL"...
 
AloNs,

I must admit that I do not know why you are getting that error. I can only suggest to contact that program's support link to see what they may be able to say to help. :(

If you get a solution from them, please post back with it to help others that may get this same problem.

Sorry,
Shawn
 
:party:Perhaps it's getting it's references from the Registry, where there are indeed keys containing the string '...en-GB' (though not '\Boot\en-GB'). The strings I found were, bizarrely, connected to Vista's speech-recognition systems.:party:
 
Hi Shawn .....

is it possible to load a moving image to the boot screen a gif or dream file maybe..??
if so how would i go about it, i have the ''Visual Vista Master'' but it does not list possible file types.

or is it still images only ? thx...

:)SK
 
This does not work for me. I have created a new Boot Screen and made sure the paths are correct when I hit apply. It says that it is applied but now I only get a blank screen with funky colored rainbow. I don't even get the Windows Progress bar any more.

I tried restoring default but that did not work either.

I am running Visa Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
Hello RBonser,

I'm sorry to hear that the program did not work for you. You might also send in a report to the publisher of the program so that hopefully they can fix that problem. :(

You should be able to run a sfc /scannow command to fix and restore the default boot screen. If not, doing a System Restore using a restore point dated before you changed the boot screen should.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
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