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Manually changing the Windows XP boot logo - Create Custom

You will need to create a 1 pixel by 1 pixel image that will blend into the image you have behind it. After you have the image created right click where it says Pro or Home and select delete this temp bitmap. Then right click and select load a new image. Browse to that 1x1 image and click OK.

Now all of your image editing should be done. The next step is to save things.
Click on save All.
Click OK to overwrite all previous bitmaps
Before we Make it lets make sure that you have an extra line in your boot.ini just in case

Hit ctrl-o and it'll pull up your options. In the bottom left you'll see a box labeled select OS. Click it. You'll see a list of what's in your boot.ini file. Just click add and get back to the main screen.

From here we're ready to click the Make button. Here's what mine looks like:

I would suggest you do exactly the same with yours. Click ok whenever you're done.

The last thing that I would do is open up your boot.ini and set the timeout to something like 10 while I'm testing. This program also adds the line on the bottom of the boot.ini in order for it to be the default you will have to move this new line to the top of the list. My boot.ini looks like this:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
signature(85b37567)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="OS for testing new boot screen" /fastdetect /KERNEL=NewBoot.exe
signature(85b37567)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="(default)Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

The line that is for the new custom image is this one:

signature(85b37567)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="OS for testing new boot screen" /fastdetect /KERNEL=NewBoot.exe

You should now be ready to click on test. After that go ahead and reboot your system. After you've tested everything you can bring the timout in your boot.ini back down to 0 to never see it again.

Anybody want the IANAG one that Joe made for me? Here it is. Thanks again Joe for the groovy graphic.


I felt the need to write this cause it's SOOO hard to find good instructions for doing this without using some crappy shareware programs. I am a believer in Linux, open source and anything free. I hope you found these instructions useful and I hope google puts this guide above those crappy guides telling you to use shareware programs.

Written By: Martin Krohn
Date: 4-4-04
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