After showing you guys how to tweak every last bit of performance out of your
installation of windows XP there's some personalization tweaks that you're going
to want to do. The first part I'm going to cover is making a custom startup
screen. There's a number of shareware applications like StyleXP or bootxp that
will do this for you ThemeXP even has a
ton for you to download. I don't want to use shareware applications nor did I
find anybody else's instructions adequate (That I found sitting atop google at
least). What am I going to do if I want a truly custom boot
screen AND don't want to use an annoying shareware application?
Lucky for us somebody has provided us a truly FREE solution.
UserXP, you ROCK!
Download his boot editor app HERE.
DISCLAIMER: Before we go any further you must realize that things
within this article can REALLY mess your system up. I try to make some
precautionary steps. You may render your system unbootable if you don't follow
directions properly. Backup your original ntoskrnl.exe and boot.ini. the
boot.ini is usually c:\boot.ini and the
ntoskrnl.exe is in your windows\system32 directory.
After extracting the archive to wherever you want you may need to register a couple of files. Move the dll and ocx
files within the archive to your system32 directory. After this has been
completed go to the command prompt and enter "regsvr32 AxImage.ocx"
Now you should be able to start the program.
Once in the program the first thing you should do is hit ctrl-N which will
open a new project for you to work on.
Click the box where it says Name of new screen and type in what you want to
call this. Make sure the other settings are exactly the same as mine. For this
demo I'm calling my screen IANAG.
After you click OK you should be seeing the default startup screen.
You'll probably want to map what image editing program you'd like to use. I
personally am using Image Ready here. This makes it so that when you double
click on the image it'll open right up in your editing program for easy editing.
If you already have your .bmp ready you can just right click somewhere around
the windows logo and select delete this temp bitmap. You'll be prompted to hit
OK. After that right click again and select load a new image. Browse to where
it's at. You will most likely be prompted that it is not in a 16 color format.
Hit yes to convert it. If you get some kind of RGB scale warning just ignore it
and hit OK. I've found that this doesn't actually cause any problems in MY CASE.
After this you'll see there's still a couple more items to change. The word
Professional (Says Home on Home editition) is in the way and the loading bar is too. Make sure that you keep
the loading bar in mind when you're creating this. You will only be able to drag
it around Vertically and not horizontally with this program. Yes it is possible
to move it horizontally, but it involves hex editing.
First lets move that loading bar down to where I want it.
Now that it's where I want it we can move on to getting rid of the overlay
that contains the word Professional in it. (If you're using the home edition it
will say home) Towards the upper left you will see where you select which
bitmap. In my case I am choosing Overlay (Pro) The home edition people need to
use Overlay (Home).