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Windows 7: Vista Startup Orb for Windows 7


12 Aug 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 
Vista Startup Orb for Windows 7

Does anyone prefer the glowing orb when vista was booting over the pulsing flag we now get with windows seven?

well i've found out that it's in a file called authui.dll found in C:\Windows\System32 (note there are two locations for authui.dll in 64bit: C:\Windows\System32 and C:\Windows\SysWow64)

u can modify it using something like ResHack but i'm not sure where the images are.

in vista they were under 17000>003, so we should be able to extract these. now if only we knew where they are located in windows 7's authui.dll so we can swap them

actually, once we know the locations maybe someone is clever enough to make their own modifications and share

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12 Aug 2009   #2

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by matt0978 View Post
Does anyone prefer the glowing orb when vista was booting over the pulsing flag we now get with windows seven?

well i've found out that it's in a file called authui.dll found in C:\Windows\System32 (note there are two locations for authui.dll in 64bit: C:\Windows\System32 and C:\Windows\SysWow64)

u can modify it using something like ResHack but i'm not sure where the images are.

in vista they were under 17000>003, so we should be able to extract these. now if only we knew where they are located in windows 7's authui.dll so we can swap them

actually, once we know the locations maybe someone is clever enough to make their own modifications and share
I don't get a pulsing flag? o.O
I'm using RC 7100.
I get the thing when you first turn it on where there is a flag thing and lots of orbs fly around it.
But for vista that was just a bar at the bottom of the screen xD
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12 Aug 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stephenjay View Post
I don't get a pulsing flag? o.O
I'm using RC 7100.
I get the thing when you first turn it on where there is a flag thing and lots of orbs fly around it.
But for vista that was just a bar at the bottom of the screen xD
yes, and then the flag pulses a little while. in vista there was the orb then the green loading bars.
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12 Aug 2009   #4

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by matt0978 View Post
yes, and then the flag pulses a little while. in vista there was the orb then the green loading bars.
Oh right.
I thought you meant something extra after the first flag thing.

Silly mistake
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12 Aug 2009   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Wait. You are thinking about what comes up AFTER the boot screen on Vista.

This is the vista boot screen.
http://www.petri.co.il/images/vista_boot_screen_1.gif

This is the 7 boot screen.
http://www.evaystyle.com/wp-content/...reen-seven.png

The orb I think isn't part of the boot, it is like a after-boot which is removed from 7.

You should be able to hack a way of getting it to appear after the pulsing flag but it may be more difficult/not possible to get it to replace the flag. Also there would be no orb-sound if you got it to replace it. There should still be the sound if you get it after it.
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25 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate, Linux Sabayon
 
 
Here's how it works (and where the files are)

Okay, so here's how it works in Windows Vista and Windows 7.

In Windows Vista, there were two animations that people tried to cusomize:
the GUI loading screen (i.e. the little green loading bar)
and
the animated start-up orb (also called the log-on Orb)
In Windows 7, there is only 1 animation:
the animated loading screen featuring the orbs that merge into the Windows flag.
In windows Vista, you could modify the start-up orb by transferring a set of 4 .png images into Authui.dll using Resource Hacker, and thus create your own custom start up orb.

As for the loading screen, this was almost impossible to modify while still maintaining the animation. Only a handful of programs on the net, none of them freeware, could create animated loading screens.

When Windows 7 was being constructed, one major concern was speed in all senses of the word (boot speed, loading speed, shutdown speed, wake-up speed, data transfer speed, etc.). They noticed that many people want a faster boot up from Vista. So, they ran a bunch of schematics and tests, and found that displaying a start-up orb added an additional 6 seconds to the boot time, and the fade-out:fade-in animation from the orb to the loading screen added another 2. This was 8 seconds of unneeded time. So, to greatly reduce boot-time, they cut out the orb, while making the loading screen faster.

To modify the boot resources, you need to look to the following files (in Vista and 7 on a 32-bit system):
imageres.dll (C:\Windows\System32) (change start up sound; change log-on screen background)
authui.dll (C:\Windows\System32) (change the start-up orb; currently being hacked for windows 7 to try and reestablish orb)
winload.exe (C:\Windows\System32) (boot animation [hacked in the past to change Vista boot screen to a static image])
winload.exe.mui (this one in particular; (C:\Windows\System32\en-US) (boot animation [hacked in the past to change Vista boot screen to a static image])
winint.exe
winint.exe.mui (maybe boot screen)
bootres.dll (may have point to other files as it is the Boot Resource Library)
bootstr.dll (is a Boot String Library)


Also, I'm not sure of all the files that are involved in the boot process, but I can tell you how to get a hold of every last one in an isolated location.

Go to command prompt and type bcdboot /? and you'll see what I mean. Bcdboot also reveals a hint to the location of the Windows 7 animation from the following ( bcdboot c:\windows /m {d58d10c6-df53-11dc-878f-00064f4f4e08} [do not type this in, as this is the Globally Unique Identifier which is in common on my system with a lot of the files that have produced custom boot screens in the past; you'll understand when you use the bcdboot command.])
basically, you'll typ bcdboot, the partition and location of the windows core (usually C:\Windows)
then type /l en-US if you live in the United States

then type /s (and then some other partition letter)

and then the entire boot core is copied to that location.
So, with the entire boot core isolated to a particular area, you will greatly increase your chances of locating the boot screen and other customizable features. Have a LinuxLive Cd on hand though, because I don't know if the system will point the boot loader to this device or not.

That's all I can do to help you with your problem. If you want a custom start-orb, you'll have to mess around with it because there isn't a known way to recreate it yet.
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