Have you ever been in the process of
troubleshooting a Windows XP startup problem and wondered what goes
on behind the Windows XP splash screen while the system boots up?
To find out, you can disable the splash screen by making a small
change to the Boot.ini file.
Follow these steps:
- Press [Windows][Break] to open the System
Properties dialog box.
- On the Advanced tab, click the Settings
button in the Startup And Recovery section.
- In the Startup And Recovery dialog box,
select the Edit button in the System Startup section.
- The Boot.ini file will open in Notepad;
locate the line that ends with the /fastdetect switch.
- Position your cursor right after the
parameter, press the spacebar, and add the /SOS switch.
- Save the Boot.ini file, and close
- Click Cancel to close both the Startup And
Recovery dialog box and the System Properties dialog box.
- Restart the system.
When the system restarts, the splash screen
will no longer appear. You can observe some of the operations that
Windows XP performs during the startup stage.
To revive the splash screen, simply repeat the
above steps to edit the Boot.ini file and remove the /SOS