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Windows 7: How to change boot animation in Windows 7

03 Sep 2010   #51
thaimin

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

Okay. Does anything happen at all? Or does no window or anything show up? Do you get any error messages? Can you go to a command window and try:

start /w "" Win7BootUpdater

You are running this on Win 7 Ultimate 64? Can you check the Event Log in Computer Management to see if there are any relevant messages?


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03 Sep 2010   #52
marcusj0015

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

thaimin,

about your "MAJOR NOTE"

i agree that it is probably in the WinSxS folder

my suggestion

replace every instance of Bootres.dll and winload.exe on the entire harddrive

DO NOT MAKE IT HARD LINKS

to the direct folder

becaue if microsoft updates the bootres.dll and winload (which i think they WILL DO) then it wont work

i dont know any programming

all i know is system file HACKING AKA Restorator

but you need to somehow search the hdd for all copys of winload.exe and bootres.dll read the version information and select the latset version to edit then edit each different version the same way

so that the latest version is installed and hacked and that way if there is a bug or something windows will choose a second version of bootres to install and all wil be good


basically use the latest version and update each individual copy so that there is the most flexability in versioning

do you get what im saying? i feel like i worded it incorrectly
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03 Sep 2010   #53
marcusj0015

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

sorry for the double post

heres my suggestion for the wording (can you make the folder select thing for the animation.bmp bigger that will help with the wording)


Select the folder that contains your animation it must be a full activity.bmp or 105 frames in PNG, BMP, GIF or TIF ((only 1 f becaue in photoshop anyway it saves it as .tif to reduce confusion)) (each 200x200px)




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Error correcting anim header: System.UnauthorizedAccessException: Access to the path 'C:\Users\Family\Desktop\SystemFiles\Bootres\activity.bmp' is denied.
at System.IO.__Error.WinIOError(Int32 errorCode, String maybeFullPath)
at System.IO.FileStream.Init(String path, FileMode mode, FileAccess access, Int32 rights, Boolean useRights, FileShare share, Int32 bufferSize, FileOptions options, SECURITY_ATTRIBUTES secAttrs, String msgPath, Boolean bFromProxy)
at System.IO.FileStream..ctor(String path, FileMode mode, FileAccess access, FileShare share)
at Win7BootUpdater.Animation.CorrectHeader(String path)
Access to the path 'C:\Users\Family\Desktop\SystemFiles\Bootres\activity.bmp' is denied.
mscorlib
at System.IO.__Error.WinIOError(Int32 errorCode, String maybeFullPath)
at System.IO.FileStream.Init(String path, FileMode mode, FileAccess access, Int32 rights, Boolean useRights, FileShare share, Int32 bufferSize, FileOptions options, SECURITY_ATTRIBUTES secAttrs, String msgPath, Boolean bFromProxy)
at System.IO.FileStream..ctor(String path, FileMode mode, FileAccess access, FileShare share)
at Win7BootUpdater.Animation.CorrectHeader(String path)
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OK
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DIALOG BOX 2

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Windows 7 Boot Update Results
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Failed to update animation: Failed to correct the header of activity.bmp
Successfully updated text!
Successfully enabled test-signing!
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OK
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03 Sep 2010   #54
Ascor

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

In a command shell it works.
I'll try modify something.

I don't get the command shell.
Can you explain a bit more how to modify?
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03 Sep 2010   #55
thaimin

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

marcusj0015 #1: Yeah, that does make sense. I have noticed some weird things with winsxs though. I think during my last examination winload.exe was actually a hard link into winsxs... I made a program for finding all the hard links to a file

marcusj0015 #2: I have updated the text in my local copy. I have also got a real Vista/7 style folder selection window (it was a bit of a bitch since my GUI is all .NET and .NET makes it difficult to let you make one, so I had to wrap the native version...)

marcusj0015 #3: That error is saying that the program doesn't have write access to activity.bmp. This made me realize that WIM files save the security of a file so I should probably change the security of activity.bmp to match so that no issues arise during boot up (I bet it's not expecting to not be able to use the file...). Does it make sense that the program cannot write to the file?

Ascor: Here is an example:

start /w "" Win7BootUpdater /Animation "c:\path\to\animation\folder" /Text "Windows 7 is Starting Up!" "Copyleft Microsoft" /TestSign

Also, its odd that the command line is working but the GUI isn't... everyone else seems to get the GUI just fine.

What do you get if you run the command "bcdedit /enum OSLOADER"?
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03 Sep 2010   #56
Ascor

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Couldn't find the command.
Argh screw that

misspelled


I hope ya can read it.
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03 Sep 2010   #57
marcusj0015

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

yes it does make sense that it wouldnt be able to write to the file

i took ownership of the entire folder and i unchecked the read only attribute for the entire folder and it still dosent work

im making a win7 image and i would really like it if testsigning would be preset for what ever copy of win7 its copyed too so its portable

only copy the files and they work is what im talking about


YES you should change the security of the file so that it dosent mess up

thats a good idea

does anyone have any ideas of how to NOT need test signing?

that might fix the x64 problems too



~EDIT~
could you somehow modify the actual file that the bcd is stored in and just copy that to basically make it portable?
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03 Sep 2010   #58
Greg S

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marcusj0015 View Post
thaimin,

about your "MAJOR NOTE"

i agree that it is probably in the WinSxS folder

my suggestion

replace every instance of Bootres.dll and winload.exe on the entire harddrive

DO NOT MAKE IT HARD LINKS

to the direct folder

becaue if microsoft updates the bootres.dll and winload (which i think they WILL DO) then it wont work
You are correct. Not only that, anytime someone who has modded these files runs System File Checker, they wil be replaced by what's in the Win Side by Side folder. What's in that folder is irrelevant and more than likely can not be successfully altered within the running OS. But, their references in the registry can easily be removed. Once the registry entry is removed, SFC, WinUpdates etc.. can not replace your altered files. This has already been tested/proven in the WinMail Tutorial here at Seven Forums.

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04 Sep 2010   #59
marcusj0015

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

ok and everything works?

if they were to issue an update for winload.ee OR bootres.dll and these registry is setup like GREG S has said then would it be able to update or how would it work


GREG S,
does microsoft update Win Mail for win7?

i dont think so

i think it was removed but you prolly know more about that than i do

i have copyed out files from the WinSxS folder edited saved it to the DESKTOP and copyed it back so SFC dosent undo my mods i can confirm that it works

IT DOES REQUIRE ADMIN RIGHTS THOUGH
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04 Sep 2010   #60
thaimin

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

I have updated to alpha 5. Mostly bug fixes. I have not addressed the bootres.dll signing issue or winload.exe replacement.

Ascor: I fixed the problem, which was due to your Windows being in a different language. I am now language-independent (I believe).

marcusj0015 #1: You are going to hate one thing about the new animation selection dialog, but I am working on that

marcusj0015 #2: I have added some security management code to working with activity.bmp, try it out!

marcusj0015 #3: You cannot edit the BCD pre-installation (since the installation creates it). But truthfully testsigning isn't doing anything for amd64 right now... So hopefully we won't need it at all. On the other hand you will need my CA certificate installed pre-installation. I made a tool for this, check out the webpage.

Greg S: I knew winsxs was managed in the registry! Thanks for pointing this out. I will be testing this shortly.
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