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Windows 7: How to change boot animation in Windows 7

05 Dec 2010   #381
marcusj0015

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

@Thaimin,

i can also help you with testing im on the coveted Windows 7 x64!


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05 Dec 2010   #382
thaimin

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

If you modify or remove bootres.dll you then get the Windows Vista bootup, and I think you can modify that one like you would in Vista.
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05 Dec 2010   #383
thaimin

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

@marcusj

Soon! Right now 32-bit doesn't even work. I also have 64-bit test environments, however it is easier to do all the studying in 32-bit. Hopefully with the very clear guide joakim has assembled on the first page I will be able to get this to work easily now!

You do have a good eye for the GUI so check out the newest rendition in the mean time!
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07 Dec 2010   #384
thaimin

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

I had some time to do some testing, and I came across a shocking discovery. The changes I make to bootmgr aren't actually doing anything! I check the file C:\Windows\Boot\PCAT\bootmgr and I find that the file was being changed changed properly but when I debug the boot-up process, I can see the lines of code that should have changed, but they are the same!

My testing environment (where I was using a default fresh install of Windows 7) does add a "System Reserved" 100MB partition. Normally I pre-partitioned the system with Linux and then installed Windows, and then it does not add the 100MB partition. It contains a bootmgr file. In fact its the bootmgr that gets used!

I should have listened to marcusj earlier. At least I now know why it wasn't working, why every hack joakim or I found didn't work, its because I was editing the wrong file!

Now I have a couple options:
  1. Tell people they can't use the setup with 100MB partitions, not cool since removing it will trash your computer and it alienates a lot of people.
  2. Modify the bootmgr on the 'hidden' partition:
    1. Mount the partition (can mount to an NTFS folder)
    2. Modify the file (the code I have now should work (once fixed))
    3. Unmount the partition
  3. Use bcdedit to change the target of the bootmgr to the visible drive
Option #2 seems to be the best. And parts 2.1 and 2.3 can be done manually by people using the program if I can't figure out how to do it programmatically right now (with the Computer Management tools).

I tested method 2 with adding the path myself and it "worked" however I was using a version of my program that had an over-abundance of bad hacks since I was just trying to get stuff to do something before I came across this. Tomorrow I will test out the program and hope everything works!
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07 Dec 2010   #385
thaimin

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

So, I know I have been posting a lot recently, but its to make up for the lost time before!

@joakim
I'm sorry, but I changed the link again for the bmzip program... if you could update the first page that would be awesome. The new link: http://www.coderforlife.com/projects.../extras/#bmzip (or without the #...)

For everyone, I have found some slick tricks with partition management so that the hidden partition is not really that hidden. I have made a little demo program that shows this off while being useful. It opens an Explorer window with the hidden partition in it! Check it out:
http://www.coderforlife.com/projects/win7boot/extras/#OpenHiddenSystemDrive
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08 Dec 2010   #386
marcusj0015

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

@Thaimin

i agree programs seem to be easier on 32 bit

and where is your latest program so i can test your GUI?

~EDIT~

found your latest Program!

but your link for the hidden system drive dosent work


~EDIT2~

Your Tooltip When Playing The Animation Gets Stuck To The Cursor.

When Paused The Tooltip disappears

~EDIT3~

The "Message 1" And "Message 2" boxes should be flipped

The Starting Windows Should Be Message 1 As It Is On Top And Is Brighter.
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08 Dec 2010   #387
thaimin

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

No longer the 'latest' GUI since I have added options to the menus for using the hidden partition for the bootmgr file, but close enough.

The link does work, it just doesn't scroll for you for whatever reason... click the "OpenHiddenSystemDrive" on the list at the beginning and it scrolls.
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08 Dec 2010   #388
marcusj0015

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

no it wont load for me it says page not found and it displays nothing

i increase the Saturation And Vibrance to 100% In Photoshop CS5 and it does this

http://img406.imageshack.us/i/messedupn.png

notice how the frame dosent fit in the windows that it should? and its not centered
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08 Dec 2010   #389
thaimin

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

@marcusj

If you send me / make available your animation and I will check it out.

Here is the link again, but without the hash part:
http://coderforlife/projects/win7boot/extras/

There are a bunch of tooltip problems... I will work on them eventually.

Message 1 and Message 2 are given in that order since disabling message 1 (copyright) in winload.exe causes message 2 to disable as well, but disabling message 2 doesn't cause message 1 to disable.
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08 Dec 2010   #390
marcusj0015

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

ok that makes sense about the message thing

and ill check out the link and play with it to try to get it to work

and ill upload the image

i had to start at the beggining of ou site and add the extras part but this link does work, not sure why

http://coderforlife.com/projects/win7boot/extras/

zipped with 7-zip should work with other programs but idk

http://********************/?d=ADLIMCMT

~EDIT2~

your hidden drive opening tool dosent work

it IS the x64 version

and i do have a 100mb unallocated partition as reported by Computer Manager
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