Many people want to change their Windows XP box away from that horrid XP logo at the boot up. All I have been able to find are kernel patchers or other third party programs to do this ... until now!
To start, let me say:
BE CAREFUL AND BACKUP BEFORE YOU MAKE CHANGES
Now, the first thing to do is open up the drive Windows XP is installed on. Look for the file boot.ini
If you don't see this file, you have to change your folder options.
Go to "Tools>Folder Options"
Next, Go to the View tab, and uncheck the following boxes:
Once you do this, click Apply and Ok.
- Show hidden files and folders
- Hide extensions of know file types
- Hide protected system files and folders
Now you should see the boot.ini file.
Right click on the file, and select Open With ... > Notepad
The first thing to do is backup, so choose File>Save As .. and select a place to backup this file to. DO NOT KEEP THE SAME FILE NAME
After you have done this, close notepad, and right click again on the boot.ini file. Go to Properties and at the bottom you will see the Attributes section. Uncheck the Read Only box.
Now, you can reopen the file in notepad.
Here is the contents of my boot.ini:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /noexecute=optin /bootlogo /noguiboot
notice the two bolded switches. Add these to your Windows XP operating system just like I have done here.
DO NOT USE THE CONTENTS OF MY BOOT.INI FILE FOR YOUR MACHINE
The hard part is over.
Now, go to Start>Run ... and type mspaint
In paint, create an image with these dimensions 640x480
and save it as a 16-color .bmp file in your "My Pictures" folder.
Open up "My Pictures" and make a copy of that image. Rename it to boot.bmp
Right click and copy that image to the clipboard.
In your window, type %systemroot% in the address bar, and paste that image in that folder. (should be your Windows folder)
Now, when you reboot, the image you have made will appear during the system boot.
For all you Naabal Brotherhood peeps, I have a boot.bmp just for you :-D
just save it as a 16-color .bmp file