Boot Screen - Change

ByLine
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

Hello Akuanauta,

I have not tested if it would still work without SP1 installed, but SP1 should be available in Windows Updates after installing all of the other Windows Updates first.

If not, then you can download the 32-bit standalone SP1 installer from Microsoft.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
It worked well in boot screen, but i can't change the logon screen, it said:
"get file acess failed.administrative authority needed"
I can't go ahead.

Need help please.
 
Akuanauta, did you use this tutorial for the logon screen?

You will need to do this while logged on to an administrator account. If you are, then right click on the program's shortcut and click on Run as administrator to see if that helps.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
Hey all, I'm completely new here and became very interested in this particular tut.

However, I read through the first few pages of problems and am wondering if this is something I really want to go through with if I have no modding experience whatsoever. Would anybody recommend this to a nub like myself?

Thanks.
 
Hello TheRealOneEye, and welcome to Vista Forums.

It's up to you, but as long as you follow the tutorial step by step it shouldn't be difficult to do at all. As a precaution, you can create a restore point before doing this to use if for some reason you cannot restore your default boot screen.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
Thanks for the suggestion Brink, I've looked into System Properties and think I understand how that all works now. I feel better about fiddling with the boot skin now :)
 
Sorry for the repost, but if you use a pic like the one you use in the tut, will the progress bar still show up on top of the pic in its usual spot? I haven't tried it yet, so I don't know, and I've seen a ton of pics on deviantART: where ART meets application! that have the progress bar already in them which leads me to believe that they are programmed in?
 
The RealOneEye,

Sorry, but no the progress bar will not be in the new boot screen. It will only be whatever still image you select instead. :(
 
Okay, thanks.

I'm currently trying the program "Tuneup Utilities" which I heard on DevArt works better with actual programmed bootskins than some other apps do, so when I get that up and running I'll let you know how it goes.
 
Okay, thanks.

I'm currently trying the program "Tuneup Utilities" which I heard on DevArt works better with actual programmed bootskins than some other apps do, so when I get that up and running I'll let you know how it goes.
I was just about to post that Tune-Up Utilities 2008 DOES in fact work extremely good for this. (also fully vista x86 and x64 compatible) It's also 1st on my list of essential apps to keep PCs running fresh (just ahead of O&O defrag pro)

***NOTE:
When XP boot screens are changed, you do get the option of choosing your progress bar location and colour

When VISTA boot screens are changed, there is no more progress bar


Hope this helps,
 
Its refusing to accept the mui generation, because in Sytem32/Boot the en-US is not reognised, its looking for en-GB, the system is refusing to let me change it to GB.
Is there a CMD work around.?
 
Hello Wysiwyg.

I suppose that you could make a backup copy of the C:\Windows\System32\Boot\en-GB\winload.exe.mui file, then take ownership of the C:\Windows\System32\Boot\en-GB\winload.exe.mui file. Afterwards copy and paste the winload.exe.mui file generated by the program for it to work. If it does not work, then take ownership of the now copied winload.exe.mui file, and replace it with the backup.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
Hello 901212, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Did you run the program as an administrator? If you did, then you might send feedback to the program's website to see if they can determine if it may be a bug. :(

Shawn
 
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