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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Comments

Thank you for the kindness + Interesting Chg of Subj!!!

See, that's what I'm talkin about; You coulda totally been like "Ah, nothin major to begin with, dude doesn't need to be involved, why waste the time writing the sentence." <- Small gesture; Shows the spirit of the site. That's why I came back on here when I saw this lonely post was still surviving. People still make efforts to have courtesy.

It's a rare thing these days. I know, I wrok on the tech. support frontline (for myself, which means I have no supervisor to say "Hey, mean customer, take this one, k?" ;-) ) So, not for nothin', but that meant something. Also, you were the one who set me straight when Iwas trying to tweak out my imagery to begin with!

BTW, after the fact, bootskin vs. logonstudio (stardock) vs. others... is it just me, or is Vista (in particular) or just LOGONSTUDIO the most overlooked product all around? People swear by WindowBlinds, or at least, Stardock does!

LogonStudio is, in my humble opinion, the easiest to use, simplest, just a teensy bit proprietary in that your format you save one in is their .logonstudiovista format, which is hardly cryptic to the point you'd forget why you saved it... so, yeah, I think it's a true blue good product. I'd say, much like eriversoft's FolderHighlight (a MUST for disorganized people like myself,) it's downfall is that you lose your progress when you do any even halfway intensive scrubbing, like:
- Yamicsoft Vista Manager's "Privacy Controls"
- jv16 Power Tool's Windows Cleaner
- (Note: CCleaner is gentle, doesn't hurt it)
- Anything abrasive, like Acelogix or beyond. (I never use Registry cleaners.)

...other than the fact that you may have to re-apply your logon skin (or, bootskin in SOME occurences,) I love the stuff. ...now, if I only had the money. (But, who doesn't* say that, right?)

PS - Heard of a phenomenal "potion" for A/V and A/M recently.
-Malwarebyte's (of course) Anti-Malware
+
-Avira AntiVir (I was skeptical, but it rocks socks); there's ALWAYS a 90+ day deal
& you must scrub it properly before re-installing!!!
+
SUPER Antispyware Portable
(Save to USB or CD, right-click on properties, unblock, then scan as COMPLETE, don't tweak anything except check for updates.)

Voila. Hardly anything can get past it or survive it. Even a bad case of Virtumonde/Virtumundo/Vundo - Zlob leavings / Worms... This has withstood the test of the titans for 4+ months for me. FYI you guys. Spread the word; My shop that I outsource (what I can't fix) to didn't want me leaking that little secret around...

...last step for security: Sysinternals' (Now Microsoft's) MS Autoruns to verify everything + TIS HijackThis (v2.0.2 now out.) Done.

The Old Timers who used to code in DOS and stuff said everything BUT those programs were n00b materials and I was miffed, but 120 days later I'm seeing their point.

Erik
v877051

At risk of being super nosy, why you guys waiting on an image? :geek:
 
Ironic! (Curiosity/cat...)

Idon't know what prompted the curiosity, but it got me thinking, after the fact, that is...

I've been browsing sites to see what's popular (why ESET NOD 32 is so popular and why people still take risks with "unofficial" Adobe products baffles me, but to each his/her own, I suppose,) but I keep seeing these "Vector" photo collections, most of which are very cool looking. They seem to be Photoshop/Corel Graphics Suite-related or graphics design-type startup type images or something.

To me, a vector is something architectural or geometrical, not a picture of a piece of art or origami or something... haha... I found it funny to see phrases like "1,000 Beautiful Nude Women Vectors! Download Here!"

Random musings of an undercaffienated underslept computer geek.
 
Custom boot screens on SP2?

Hello.
I've been googling for hours now, but can't seem to find an answer to this.

I've read the tutorial (By user Brink) on this website for changing your boot screen. Anyway, I tried using Vista Visual Master (which was in the tutorial) to change my boot screen, but ran into the error "Generate Boot Screen File Failed : Could not find a part of the path 'C:\Windows\system32\Boot\en-GB\winload.exe.mui'."

I can't seem to find out if the program is compatible with Windows Vista Service Pack 2. As such I can't tell if this error is due to my service pack or something else.

If this program is not compatible with my computer, apart from Bootskin Vista, is there anything else I can use to change my bootscreen?

My OS is: Windows Vista Home Premium 32-Bit Service Pack 2.

Thanks.
 
Hello Sol7,

Did you do step 2 in OPTION TWO to run the program as an administrator?

If so, please try the program in OPTION ONE instead to see if it may work better for you.

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn
 
Hi.
Sorry for the lack of a reply, but I can't shut down my computer right now, so I wasn't able to test the second program.

I have run the first program as administrator, but sadly this doesn't resolve the problem. The second program reports it's working correctly but I wont be able to test it until I can restart, which I can't yet because my computer is rather fond of the KSOD right now. It's a shame I can't use my own images with the second program, though. I don't suppose there's any other programs out there for this?

Thanks for the help.
 
Hello UltimateSilence,

What do you have as your current boot screen?

You should be able to use either option in the tutorial to restore the default boot screen if you had changed it previously.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
Hello UltimateSilence,

What do you have as your current boot screen?

You should be able to use either option in the tutorial to restore the default boot screen if you had changed it previously.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Hello,
My boot screen is the one included with SP2, but I want to revert it to the boot screen included in the RTM of Vista.

EDIT: I am talking about the "hidden" Aurora boot screen.
 
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I'm not sure how to restore that one unless you find a bootskin at StarDock (Option One) for it , but the one below with SP2 is pretty much the same though. Is this not the one you have with SP2?

 
I tried them, but I see they don't allow animated screens. That is indeed correct right?
:)
(I was having some issues running them initially but I got that working)
 
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