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Change Logon Screen for WIN XP

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How do you change the background type, colors, buttons and screen type for the logon screen in windows xp

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Screen Change

by Black Panther In reply to Change Logon Screen for W ...

On the desktop in a blank area using the mouse

right click once > then you should get a popup box
choose properties and then you should get buttons to select to change the screen, background etc ie in the settings, desktop and appearance

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login screen

by appple In reply to Screen Change

when windows starts up you get a login screen that says winxp and u click the username u want to login and type the password.. well iwant to change that background and have a different type of login screen instead of the default blue screen that has winxp.. my friend has winxp on his comp and uses a login screen of windows longhorn.. just wondered if anyone knew how?

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this is the tips bro

by fquilang In reply to Change Logon Screen for W ...

How to Change the System Properties Logo in Windows XP
Brand your computer with your own logo and contact information.
Steps
1. Create your own logo image in a graphic .bmp file. Ideally the image should be maximum 180 pixels wide and 120 pixels high.
2. Copy your logo image file over to the system32 subdirectory under the Windows system directory (usually c:\windows\system32)
3. Rename your image file to oemlogo.bmp
4. If you want to add your contact info in the system properties screen, create a file called oeminfo.ini in the same system32 directory and copy this in the file:
5. [General]
Manufacturer=TEXT YOU WANT Model=TEXT YOU WANT
[Support Information] line1=TEXT YOU WANT line2=TEXT YOU WANT line3=TEXT YOU WANT line4=TEXT YOU WANT
1. Open the oeminfo.ini file with your text editor of choice and edit the sections under "General" and "Support Information"


Introduction Stuff
Why post a follow-up article on changing the Win2K boot logo? There are several reasons, with the primary being a result of Service Pack 2. When SP2 was released some changes were made that affected the way Windows File Protection behaved. The registry changes outlined in our earlier article, that would disable Windows File Protection, no longer work after applying Service Pack 2. This follow-up article will address this minor obstacle, and pose a much easier and safer way to change the Win2K Boot Logo whether you're running SP1 or SP2.

Even though we covered this in the first article, we must mention the whole disclaimer thing again.
Disclaimer: LittleWhiteDog.Com does NOT accept any responsibility for ANY data loss if you attempt this procedure on your own, or with the assitance of trained professional (such as your children). This information is for educational and informational purposes only! Use at your own risk!

The Tools And The Overview
The only tools you are going to need to get the job done is Resource Hacker and some kind of image editing tool such as PhotoShop (not free) or Irfanview (free)

Sometimes it's easier to understand what you're doing after you've seen the "big picture". When Windows 2000 boots, a bitmap image is displayed, this image is stored in a file called NTOSKRNL.EXE which is typically found here: C:WINNTSYSTEM32NTOSKRNL.EXE. Notice I said typcially? When you install Windows 2000 it will ask you which drive and which directory you would like to install - for the duration of this article we are going to assume you chose the default options and installed Win2K onto your C: drive into the default directory WINNT. Back to the "big picture", the following is a broad overview of the steps we'll be preforming in this article:
? Make a copy of NTOSKRNL.EXE named KERNEL01.EXE
? Creating a .BMP file that is 640x480 with 16 colors
? Use Resource Hacker to import the modified bitmap image into KERNEL01.EXE
? Modify the BOOT.INI file, adding an option to choose KERNEL01.EXE instead of NTOSKRNL.EXE

Baby Steps
We've looked at the "big picture", now it's time to outline those steps in detail. It might look like a lot of work, but it should only take you about 5 or 10 minutes on your first attempt.
Step 1. Make a copy of C:WINNTSYSTEM32NTOSKRNL.EXE called KERNEL01.EXE and place it in the C:WINNTSYSTEM32 folder.


Step 2. Download and unzip Resource Hacker. Once it is unzipped, launch "ResHacker.exe".


Step 3. Click "File", then "Open", and browse to the C:WinNTSystem32 directory. Open the file we just created in the first step called KERNEL01.EXE



Step 4. On the left-hand side of the screen, double-click on the word "Bitmap" and then the number "1". Click the icon that reads "1033" and you should see the Windows 2000 boot logo on the right side of the screen. The "Holy Grail" if you will. At this point, you can minimize Resource Hacker while we prepare our new image.



Step 5. Using any image editor, create a Bitmap image that is 640 x 480 using 16 colors. We've found the easiest way to create an image is to take a copy the current image and open it with Photoshop and then edit the top portion. Set the "mode" to "indexed colors" and set the number of colors to 16. Save the file as a BMP file with RLE Compression disabled and you're all set.

If you would like a "pre-made" sample image that has been tested, you can download this one as an example.

You could also head over to our Boot Logo Gallery and choose from an array of hundreds of different images (over 500 to be exact). These gallery images are not in a bitmap format, so you decide to go this route, make sure you convert them to a 16 color bitmap prior to proceeding to step 6. Important! Do not deviate from 640x480 and 16 colors or your results may vary! We've tried it with more colors, and all you'll see is a black screen during the boot sequesnce, in place of the boot logo.


Step 6. Once you have created the image, save it somewhere on your drive taking note of its location.


Step 7. From within Resource Hacker, click on "Action", then "Replace Bitmap" and a new window will pop-up at this point. Then click on the "Open file with new bitmap" button and browse to the 16-color image you just created. It should look similar to the picture on the right.




Step 8. Once you have selected the file, click on the "Replace" button and you should return to the "root" of Resource Hacker. Just for the **** of it, make sure your change took effect. It should now look something like this:



Step 9. Once everything looks good, click "File" then "Save".

Step 10. Time for a quick recap of what we've done so far. We've made a copy of our NTOSKRNL.EXE file and placed it in the C:WINNTSYSTEM32 folder. The copy was named KERNEL01.EXE and was opened using Resource Hacker. The bitmap resource image for the boot logo was replaced with our own customized version, and the file was saved.
Un-Modified Version

Modified Version



Step 11. Conceptually, the next step is to "tell Win2K to use the new KERNEL01.EXE file when it boots, instead of it's normal NTOSKRNL.EXE file". We are going to do this by modifying the BOOT.INI file which is located in the root of your C: drive. The file is marked hidden and read-only by default so the first thing we should do is turn off the read-only attribute. Do this by right clicking on the boot.ini file and then clicking on properties. Uncheck the read-only box and click OK to apply changes.

NOTE: if you cannot find your boot.ini file, you probably have Windows Explorer setup so that it cannot view hidden files. Correct this by clicking on Tools and then Folder Options. Go to the View Tab and toggle the radio button to Show Hidden Files and Folders.



Step - 12. We're now ready to open the BOOT.INI file and modify its contents. I've listed below what my current BOOT.INI file looked like before any changes were made to it. Yours should be somewhat similar.
[boot loader]
timeout=3
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINNT
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
The line we're concerned with is the one under [operating systems] - this is the line that NTLDR parses to determine the location of the operating system boot partition. Make a copy of this line and paste is below the existing one. You should also take a minute and make sure the timeout=X line under the [boot loader] section has a value other than zero. This is the number of seconds that the boot menu will be displayed, before it accepts the default value and continues. The default value will be whatever is listed first under the [operating system] section.
[boot loader]
timeout=3
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINNT
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
Modify the line directly below the [operating systems] heading, adding the following switch to the end: /KERNEL=KERNEL01.EXE (KERNEL01.EXE is the name of the file we modified in the previous steps) By doing this, we are telling NTLDR that we want to boot our system using the specified Kernel file, instead of the default NTOSKRNL file that is used when the /kernel= option does not exist. You should also change the description on this line from "Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" to something like "Microsoft Windows 2000 Hacked Logo" so you know which option is which. Your boot.ini file should now look like this:
[boot loader]
timeout=3
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINNT
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Hacked Logo" /fastdetect /kernel=kernel01.exe
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
Before we save this file and move to the dreaded Step 13, let's recap what we've done here just to make sure everything is right. We've opened up the boot.ini in edit mode (with read-only turned off) and have made the following changes: the timeout value is greater than zero, the default operating system line was copied and modified to include the /kernel switch pointing to the modified file from the previous steps. The original default operating system line was not changed in any way, it was just "bumped down" a spot to make room for our new kernel file.


Step 13. There really isn't much to Step 13, just reboot your system. You should be prompted with a menu for a period of 3 seconds asking you which boot option you would like: "The Hacked Logo" or the "Professional Boring" version. It should default to "The Hacked Logo" version after those 3 seconds have expired, since it resides at the top of the list. However should something go amuck and you've totally screwed up your "Hacked Logo" kernel file by using a 16-bit color bitmap image, instead of a 16 color image, you can still boot your system up using the original kernel file by choosing the second option on the menu. That's why is was so important to not make any changes to that line - it's your software version of an "Oh ****" handle.




Wrapping It Up
Hopefully you've grasped what we've done here. In our previous article we made a copy of the NTOSKRNL file, modified the copy, turned off Windows File Protection, and then replaced the working version of NTOSKRNL with our hacked copy. A quite intrusive method of changing the boot logo, with little room for error. This new method of making a copy of NTOSKRNL, modifying the copy, and then giving Win2K the option of using this modified kernel file on boot up, we've eliminated the the need to disable Windows File Protection, and we've built in a failsafe mode by leaving the original kernel file and boot option intact.

Those of you who have fully grasped what we've done here, are probably already thinking of ways to take this process one step further. "If I can tell Win2K to use a file called KERNEL01.EXE in addition to the original NTOSKRNL.EXE file, why can't I make a KERNEL02.EXE and KERNEL03.EXE, add them to my boot.ini file, and have a wide variety of boot logos on my system?" The answer is you can! In fact we've taken this concept to the extreme by creating a little utility called LWDKernel.exe that will randomly change your boot logo everytime your system boots. For more information about this utility along with a download link, head on over to this thread in our forums.

Hopefully this will be the last article we'll write on the subject of changing Windows 2000 Boot Logo's. We've come a long way since we published our first article on the subject. The forum thread on this topic has been replied to over 1300 times, and has been read over 83,000 times. Not to mention the Boot Logo Gallery which currently contains over 540 images created by some very talented artists. A big thank you goes out to everyone who's contributed to the cause!

Changing the Windows Boot Screen
I'll start with the Windows boot screen, since that's fairly easy and doesn't necessarily require any direct modification of system files. There are several ways to approach changing the boot screen. One option is to eliminate it completely, opting to display a blank screen until Windows completes the boot process. To turn off the boot logo, Click Start > Run and type MSCONFIG in the run dialog box to launch the System Configuration Utility. On the BOOT.INI tab, check the box next to /NOGUIBOOT and click OK. The next time you reboot your computer, you'll see the BIOS screen and then nothing until Windows loads completely. The downside to this option is you won't get any feedback if your PC gets hung up somewhere in the boot process.

To maintain a more visual boot process, while also eliminating any boot branding, you might simply want to replace the boot image. The easy way to do this is to download a freeware app from WinCustomize called BootSkin. The app automatically overrides the default Windows boot screen, replacing it with one of the many options in the WinCustomize BootSkin library. With some practice you can make your own custom BootSkin as well.

Download BootSkin
If you want to get really geeky, a third option is to edit the operating system file where the boot screen information resides. You need to be careful in doing this or you can end up with a computer that won't boot. The first part of the process is to create or find an image you want to use. If your computer simply has the all black Windows XP boot screen, with the XP logo like the one pictured below, you don't need a very large image.

Simply create a 215x147 .bmp file with 16 colors (NOT 16-bit) in any image editor and you've got a working replacement. If your computer manufacturer overrides this default screen with something else, you may need to get creative to eliminate all the branding. In general, using a black background looks more consistent, but you can use any of the 16 colors in your palette.
With your new image created, you need a freeware app called Resource Hacker to make some changes.
Before proceeding, locate ntoskrnl.exe in your Windows > system32 folder. Make a copy of the file called newntoskrnl.exe or something equally easy to remember and leave the copy in the system32 folder.
Make a second copy of the ntoskrnl.exe on your desktop (this is the one you will edit).
Open ntoskrnl.exe in Resource Hacker. Expand Bitmap > 5 and highlight the 1033 folder. Right-click the 1033 icon and choose Replace Resource.

Click the Open file with new bitmap button and locate the image you created earlier. Click the Replace button. Save and exit Resource Hacker. You can optionally replace all elements of the boot screen by editing each portion of the Bitmap.

Reboot into SafeMode and copy your newly created ntoskrnl.exe file into the Windows > system32 folder.
Note: If you are using Windows 2000, you can simply replace the image in the Bitmap > 1 > 1033 location with a 640x480 16 color Bitmap to modify the Win2k boot screen in a similar fashion.
Changing the BIOS Splash Screen
To eliminate the branded splash screen associated with your BIOS, you need to obtain the firmware update for your BIOS and edit the logo file that's part of the BIOS fileset before applying the update. Since every computer model and manufacturer uses a slightly different BIOS configuration, it's important to get the BIOS specific to your computer from the support section of the manufacturer's Website. In some cases, like my HP laptop, it's become virtually impossible to replace the logo because the BIOS flash process is contained in an .exe file that runs locally in Windows rather than from a separate disk.
Assuming your PC manufacturer has you create a floppy designed to flash the PC bios, you can fairly easily make a change to the logo displayed. In following the directions to create the BIOS boot disk, simply replace the included logo.bmp file in the BIOS update package with a logo.bmp file created by you. The key here is to use a 16 color (NOT 16-bit color) 640x480 BMP file. Copy your logo.bmp file onto the disk used for your BIOS update and run the bundled logo.bat file by double-clicking it. This converts the logo.bmp to a format ready for the BIOS update.
It's vital to keep all the files in the BIOS update named exactly as they were or your computer may not work after the update. Any changes made to BIOS update files should be done at your own risk and with extreme care.
Additional Windows XP tweaks you might find useful:
Removing Duplicate Files
Speeding Up Windows Delete
Removing MSCONFIG Startup Entries
How to automatically login Windows XP

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Use a program...

by mail2 In reply to Change Logon Screen for W ...

Google LogonXP its a free software to change the welcome screen. You can also download themes, or just change the logo. Hmm, i just googled it it seems its changed to logn studio - http://www.stardock.com/products/logonstudio/
I know, "STARDOCK" hate their paid software... Dont ever give you email id to them... They keep on spamming you, and you cannot delete your name from the newsletter! But logonstudio is good!

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