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Boot Screen Color of Windows XP

By esimon ·
When I accessed windows XP first time, I chose not to enhance the display mode of the boot screen. Now I want to change the picture of the boot screen, but find that the picture is in low color. How can I modify it? Thank you.

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by F-Baer In reply to Boot Screen Color of Wind ...
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The software you recommended is really powerful. But it can't solve my problem since it lacks the option to increase the color of the boot screen before logon. Thank you for your help, anyway

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by dmiles In reply to Boot Screen Color of Wind ...

When Windows starts, a progress bar indicating the status of the boot process appears on top of a Windows logo background. You can't use the registry or a configuration file (e.g., .ini file) to modify this background. However, you can modify the bitmap resource, which stores the background image, in the ntoskrnl.exe (the Windows kernel) file that's active during the boot process. You'll need to copy the ntoskrnl.exe file and replace the bitmap resource with the bitmap you want to use. If you want to modify an XP boot screen but you're not up to the challenge of manually modifying ntoskrnl.exe, you might want to try BootXP.

You'll need two applications to modify the ntoskrnl.exe file:

Jasc Sofware's Paint Shop Pro to modify an XP boot screen (if you're modifying a Win2K boot screen, you can use any paint program because, unlike XP and as I explain later, Win2K doesn't rely on color palettes)

Angus Johnson's Resource Hacker

The boot screen bitmap must consist of 16 colors. When you modify an XP boot screen, you'll need to download a 16-color Windows palette and 16-color viewable palette from the Windows 2000 FAQ Web site. Otherwise, the bitmap image that you create for your boot screen will appear as just a black image.

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