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Thursday, 23 December 2010

How to Change Windows 7 Boot Screen Using Windows 7 Boot Animation Updater


UPDATE: Article updated with proper how to instructions to help you in using the tool easily and carefully.
!!! WARNING !!!
This tool is intended for experienced users. Please do not try it if you are not familiar with such kind of customization stuffs. We'll not be responsible if you break your system with this tool. So use it at your own risk.
Make sure to take a backup of system files "bootres.dll" and "winload.exe" present in "Windows\System32" folder before using this tool so that you can restore them later in case you face any boot problem.

Now the wait is over. Since when Microsoft released Windows 7, no one was able to change the boot screen as it requires lots of files and certificates hacks.
But now Jeff Bush @ "Coder for life" website has developed an excellent tool which can customize Windows 7 boot screen.
"Windows 7 Boot Animation Updater" is a program that makes it easy to update the Windows 7 boot animation and text. It is written in C++/CLI and requires Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 and the Microsoft WIM library.
Features List:
  • Modifies the boot animation
  • Modifies the boot text "Starting Windows" and "Microsoft Corporation"
  • Will compile the animation from 105 BMP, PNG, GIF, or TIFF images
  • Does not require any other applications (like ImageX)
  • Designed to be idiot-proof by having numerous checks
  • Automatically backs up the modified winload.exe and bootres.dll
  • Can be run as a GUI or command-line program
  • Works for 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7
  • Numerous other little things (e.g. forcing timestamps) to match the original
The software is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
1. Before running the tool, provide following command in Command Prompt:
bcdedit /set {bootmgr} testsigning on
It'll enable Test signing feature for boot screen and you'll not face any problem while using this tool.
2. Now download and run the program's exe file.
3. If you want to change "Starting Windows" and "© Microsoft Corporation" text shown in boot screen, simply uncheck "Animation" check box and then customize the text given in "Text" section according to your requirement. At last click on "Go!" button. It'll take a few seconds and you can restart your system to take affect.
4. If you also want to change the Windows flag animation shown in boot screen, you'll need to create the animation. The animation can be a single 200x21000 px BMP file or you can create 105 BMPs, PNGs, GIFs, or TIFFs files and put them in a single folder. Make sure all the files must be the same format and will be played in alphabetical order at boot screen (so if you are numbering them, use three digits always, e.g. 000, 001, ..., 103, 104).
Click on "Select Animation" button in "Animation" section and select the folder containing your images and click on "Go!" button. It'll take a few seconds and you can restart your system to take affect.


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