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Windows 7: How to change boot animation in Windows 7

11 Sep 2010   #171
joakim

ubuntu
 
 

Amazing work. Digital signature still valid after decompress! I just noticed the pxe bootmgr.exe is the exact same as the embedded bootmgr.exe. Ha ha, I thought they were different. So all offsets are still the same as the ones I've been working with lately.. Lets scrap the notion of a pxe bootmgr.exe. There is just 1 such.


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11 Sep 2010   #172
thaimin

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

And now you can use it compressed! More bootmgr.xsl fun! However there may be a hard limit that the bootmgr.exe file cannot be more than 512 KB. It seems odd to me that uncompressed it is 511.06 KB like they had a limit. However you could remove the certificate and version information for an extra 8 KB of space.

Looking at the "bootmgr.exe" it actually calls itself bootmgr.dll within its Export data directory but bootmgr.exe within its version information. The other little PE file (the one not compressed and that has almost nothing) is also called bootmgr.exe in its version information.

Anywho. I need to take a break from this for a bit (a couple days). When I come back I will make the GUI.
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11 Sep 2010   #173
joakim

ubuntu
 
 

You can also remove the embedded mui and the network related stuff from the xls and save another 4 Kb.

Did you find any working patch for the checksum on winload.exe (in bootmgr.exe)?
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11 Sep 2010   #174
marcusj0015

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

i feel ya on that Thaimin,

i took a break from that so i could edit the icons in imageres

theres over 200 icons and at least 10 different sizes of the same image in each icon so after my editing i have to save a shit ton of versions and then compile it and replace it

its tedious

plus i have to go over each and every dll and exe for icons or dialogm boxes or text strings to capitralize everything in windows

ive been working on this for about 3 weeks im probably 0.01 percent done


the good news is when im done and my files gget updated all i have to do is extract everything and batch replace everything
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11 Sep 2010   #175
AlexYM

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marcusj0015 View Post

plus i have to go over each and every dll and exe for icons or dialogm boxes or text strings to capitralize everything in windows

ive been working on this for about 3 weeks im probably 0.01 percent done


the good news is when im done and my files gget updated all i have to do is extract everything and batch replace everything
And then Service Pack 1 goes out with nearly all dll's and exe's to be updated, and you'll have to do all the job all over again...
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11 Sep 2010   #176
thaimin

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AlexYM View Post
And then Service Pack 1 goes out with nearly all dll's and exe's to be updated, and you'll have to do all the job all over again...
Sorry to keep advocating my own tools, but that is why I made the "BatchResourceUpdater". Service Packs do not change the resource IDs, so you make a little script (it's very simple) and it can update the file with a simple double click...
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11 Sep 2010   #177
thaimin

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

Another mention, Adobe Flash has an Export Movie option that can save as a sequence of images (I would recommend PNG due to high quality / small size). The sequence is compatible with my program, so that is a nice way to make a nice animation. Just make sure you set Flash to use 200x200 frames and 15 fps.
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11 Sep 2010   #178
marcusj0015

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

thaimin,

i think i will check out your tool sounds very good

i know that im crazy trying to repace every resource iin the Whole Windows 7 OS

but idk

i get annoyed by the little things





AlexYM,

like i said all i have to do is extract everything and click one botton and all my custom resources are updated again

so not any where as big of a job as it is now
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13 Sep 2010   #179
thaimin

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

I did work on the new GUI a bit. It cannot actually do anything with your files, but it's an impressive GUI. It has a complete preview of the boot animation. Please test it out and tell me what you think.

http://www.coderforlife.com/projects/win7boot/GUI.exe

Some notes about the new GUI:
  • The file is much larger (~2.5MB) (the GUI builder for MS Visual Studio adds tons of extra stuff, the final version will hopefully be smaller). However it does include a compressed version of the default animation which weighs in at 1.2MB so it won't get any smaller than that).
  • The GUI is nearly complete, pending any changes you guys think should be added.
  • Everything you can change within the GUI itself I plan to have available in the next version.
  • You can now save / load a "boot skin". The boot skin packs the animation and fonts used into it so it is completely portable (Note: current embedded fonts are not loaded from the boot skin).
  • The animation selection is incredibly more lenient. You can select any image to be a static image (and it won't care if it's not 200x200). For selecting an animation folder it still prefers an activity.bmp, but if that is not found then it takes the first 200 images of all formats (and if there is less then it just fills in with black) and does the same scaling as for static images.
  • It is assumed that most people will just modify the standard winload / bootres / bootmgr so I have moved this to a separate window. The boot skin files will not include this information.
  • The command line (once remade) will only be able to apply a boot skin that has been saved with the GUI. It will have options for setting the winload / bootres / bootmgr files to apply to.
  • Three options are currently disabled: background color, text color 2, and text length is maxed at 23 for text 1. I plan to have these eventually but not in the first new version.
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13 Sep 2010   #180
joakim

ubuntu
 
 

I will certainly give feedback it, but will be away for a few days now. You have done lots of interesting work!!
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