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Windows 7: How to change boot animation in Windows 7

13 Feb 2011   #531
RBCC

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

thaimin

what about inno setup? NSIS is another installer that is free! Please explain something, if you do have a hidden partition it works? Isn't about everybody who haven't used @xxrazor's patch?

RBCC


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13 Feb 2011   #532
thaimin

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

@RBCC
Many people do not have hidden partitions, xxrazor's case is a very special one in that from an unattended install on a clean computer there will be no hidden partition.

The other ways to get no hidden partition is to be installing Windows onto a computer that already has an OS (Linux, Mac OS, Windows XP or earlier, ...). This is likely the most common way to have no hidden partition, initially I thought it was the dual-boot setup itself that caused the issue.

The last way I know (which is how I did my testing) is to use a utility to partition the drive before installing Windows. Some manufactures use a system similar to this so that the end-user machine has no hidden partition. When I ran into a person with this situation it is when I knew that it was the absence of the hidden partition causing the problem.


@RBCC
I am new to this whole installer thing, and my initial (very brief) search turned up NSIS. Inno Setup looks promising as well. Seeing that I haven't actually started making the installer, I can still change which one I will use. Thanks for the input!


@marcusj0015
NSIS is a script language that can be compiled into an installer. Inno Setup is the same idea.


@all Important!
I am proud to announce that I have successfully fixed this bug that darn bug causing problems with people who didn't have a hidden partition. In fact it uses a very smart system now to find the exact bootmgr that you are using (even if you have the hidden partition with a bootmgr but use one on your main drive, it should still work!). I plan to use this smart system for the other files (winload, winresume), but that will come in a later version so I can release the current one.

I have also added complete winresume support. You can edit the resume screen completely independent of the boot screen!

It also has complete SP1 support!

There have also been other numerous, less obvious, changes as well.

I will hopefully release the new version tomorrow, I still want to run one last set of tests on all systems (x86/x64, RTM/SP1, with and without hidden partitions).


Hopefully this next release will have no big hang-ups, and I will release the first beta with a full-image background support.
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13 Feb 2011   #533
GEORG

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Good news thaimin thanks !!!
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13 Feb 2011   #534
moinmoin

Win 7
 
 

Wow great, thaimin. Many many thanks for your work.

for those, looking for a boot screen: Deskmodder.de - Windows 7 Boot screens - Boot animationen
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13 Feb 2011   #535
marcusj0015

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thaimin, IExpress, will add modded files and a cmd script to move the modded files to there correct locations. i think this is perfect.

just another idea, and it's built in, so you should check it out.

and i find CMD files easier to write, becuase i know the scripting language.
and if you want me to write a big cmd file with variables i would love to help, it's the only programming thing i can help with.


Great job Thaimin!
sounds like your app is finally coming together, like we all have been hoping and working for.


@Moinmoin,
that is pretty awesome, too bad it isn't Optimus Prime, Or BumbleBee From Transformers doing that.

that would be AWESOME!
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14 Feb 2011   #536
Unknown ID

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 + Windows XP Professional (All Genuine)
 
 

Cool bro
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15 Feb 2011   #537
RBCC

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Has anybody figured out how to "shut down" patchguard on a file by file basis? Is there a way so winload.exe can be altered or do you alter winload.exe.mui instead?

thaimin: Sounds great I see you finally got some thing to work on it, things must have busy for u!

RBCC
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15 Feb 2011   #538
marcusj0015

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

i don't have much info about patchguard, but you can't turn it off.

he just patches winload.exe, as winload.exe contains the program code, and winload.exe.mui, only contrains the resources contained in winload.exe, but no code.
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15 Feb 2011   #539
thaimin

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

@all
I accidentally deleted the entire project (using shift+delete so it skipped the recycle bin). I was able to recover most of it, but since then I have been busy restoring files. I have got everything back, but this has delayed my testing. So still stay tuned!

@RBCC
I have told this to you before. Patchguard only protects files after the main kernel (ntoskrnl) takes over. bootmgr and winload are their own kernels (technically bootmgr is a kernel and winload is a library it loads). This means I need only disable the security of them checking themselves. I do this already in Alpha 9! I disable all checks on bootmgr, bootmgr.exe.mui, bootres.dll(.mui), winload.exe(.mui), and winresume.exe(.mui). The winresume checks are only disabled in the upcoming version since it is the first to support modifying winresume.
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15 Feb 2011   #540
joakim

ubuntu
 
 

@RBCC
Whatever security mechanism you want to alter, a file by file basis must be a pain to implement. All (files) in one is a lot easier, usually.
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