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Windows 7: How to change boot animation in Windows 7

06 Sep 2010   #91

Windows 7 Pro 64 / 7 Pro 64 / 7 Home Prem 64

Okay, so version Alpha 7 is up:
  • Major changes to the Certificate Authority and Certificate, it uses a completely new CA and certificate, which it auto-installs (along with a CRL)
    • I was hopeful that this was going to help, but it doesn't. It is at least a more official looking certificate...
  • Fixed localization issue with enabling test-signing (as reported by Ascor)
  • Progress bar actually shows progress now (in GUI and Command Line)
Coder for Life - Projects - Windows 7 Boot Updater

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06 Sep 2010   #92

Windows 7 Pro 64 / 7 Pro 64 / 7 Home Prem 64

I have tested removing the winsxs registry keys for winload.exe and bootres.dll and neither has an effect (and allowing bootres.dll to show or prevent WinRE from activating and replacing winload.exe)

On another note, can someone send me the 32-bit winload.exe?
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06 Sep 2010   #93

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

the time stamping might be the issue

all Windows 7 RTM AKA not updated since RTM files are all from 7/13/09

and x64 is 7/14/09

maybe you should make it keep the original timestamping?


do you also patch the Winload.exe and Bootres.dll in the WoW64 Folder?

that is an entire Windows 7 except its full of only the x86 versions

for x86 app compadibility
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06 Sep 2010   #94

Windows 7 Pro 64 / 7 Pro 64 / 7 Home Prem 64

You cannot change the timestamp of the signing, its a security feature built into timestamping.

However if Windows files are basing it off timestamping they would be screwed when they had to update..

(This is all digital signature timestamping, if you are talking about creation / modification / accessed times I do update those to the originals because I can).
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06 Sep 2010   #95

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

im packiging the bootres and winload files for you just one sec


Microsoft DID update winload.exe to 6.1.7600.16411 at least for x86

Bootres.dll is still the original RTM version

im also including the .Mui files just incase there needed and you can test them also

it was compressed with 7-Zip 9.15 Beta

heres the link


i was talking about the creation times

maybe the conflicting digital sign time and creation / modified time are messing it up

im taking blind shots in the dark when it comes to signing and creation times
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06 Sep 2010   #96

Windows 7 Pro 64 / 7 Pro 64 / 7 Home Prem 64

I did look at the times and they are being properly applied, except that they are NOT applied to the backup, so if you restore to the original the times will then be in the present again... I'll make a fix for this as well. The timestamp on the digital certificate should be completely independent of the creation/modification times.

Thanks for the files!
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06 Sep 2010   #97

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

did you figure out what was wrong with the WinRE thing?

for updateing the Text you need to edit the .MUI's aswell

there stored in Windows/System32/en-US For English USA

And Windows/System32/Boot/en-US For English USA

i just looked at Winload.exe.mui x86 in the message table it says Starting Windows

and WinResume needs to be updated for it to match the boot text
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06 Sep 2010   #98

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

@thaimin: Dont know what put the cert in that folder, my fault i think.
yes thats what i did, deleted it and let the program install it new.

The Alpha 7 now works on my pc like signer.exe (as well),
only two things are now that Windows still denies to load the custom animation and switches back to old bs, and that the GUI (just always used it) isnt able to sign the bootres.dll in windows folder, i have to sign it somwhere else and then move it there.
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06 Sep 2010   #99

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Text modification = Recovery Environment
Boot animation modification = Vista bootscreen
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06 Sep 2010   #100


I just tested your tool (alpha 7) for the first time, and I must say you have done a good work!

The problem with your tool is that you forgot to set the boot flag to the wim. I tested this in x86. Everything else seems to work fine though.

As my x64 test environment is also up now, I could run some more tests. I successfully booted with my own animation (or actually your grey win 7 animation) by doing it "by hand", following the exact steps as outlined in the first post. It was also signed with the stuff posted in post 1.

Note that timestamping the certificate is not necessary, and neither is adding the certificate to the local store (no matter what architecture).

Testsigning is still necessary to set in bcd, however the ugly watermark can be removed by following the instructions as posted earler.

I therefore suggest that you remove or rephrase this error message;

Windows 7 Boot Update Results

Failed to update animation: The file was successfully updated however it failed to be self-signed
My tests only covered the animation and not the string replacement in winload.exe. That's for next time.

But all in all, amazingly nice tool.

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