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Windows 7: Change Boot Logo/Screen?

05 Jun 2010   #81

Windows 7 Ultimate

buy your digital signature from tucows for $75

My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jun 2010   #82

W7 Ult 64bit


Very insightful thread. Very Helpful.

I must admit though, I was forced to register on this forum as I was completely bemused at some users flaming others posts (yes, I'm aware I'm being a hypocrit here) but y'know, c'mon, you came here asking for assistance, then when the assistance was given in a complex way or it wasn't just a double click here, copy and paste there - with a nice shiny GUI, it was thrown back at the author who was giving the assistance. Seriously. If you're not that confident about getting elbow deep in your OS then quite simply, don't change it (or buy a m*cbook) Alternatively just be patient and wait for the "hackers" to come up with a "tweaking for dummies" guide. Untill then, be grateful.

Sorry for ranting on my first post, but it just annoys me when n00bs don't appreciate the complexity of "real" tweaking....

Anyway, on a more positive note, thank you for the guide so far, albeit I've been unsuccessful in tweaking the boot logo thus far. Keep up the good work :)
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17 Jun 2010   #83

Windows 7 Ultimate

How do I make sure that Windows 7 boots with the vista bootscreen? And can I change that boot logo? John
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18 Jun 2010   #84

W7 Ult 64bit

As previous people have mentioned, I don't think its possible to change the boot screen to anything other than the "no gui boot" setting in msconfig.

To get the Vista boot screen, I'm not sure, but from what I've gathered, its possible, however changing this again to a custom boot screen, it doesn't seem possible yet due to the digital signatures required.
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01 Jul 2010   #85

Mc Donald OS Version Beta

OMG I found a loophole! To change your WIndows 7 Bootscreen, Apply Duck tape over the screen while it boots. Nuff Said.


still working on it lol.
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01 Jul 2010   #86

Mc Donald OS Version Beta
Getting There... O_O

I've hit something! Sorta. Kinda. Maybe.

Use Res-hacker with admin rights, the files have been located.

c:/windows/system32/boot/ (Contains the exe files)

and also

c:/windows/system32/boot/en-US/ (Contains the MUI files)

They say the owner of those files is


Anyone know who/what that is??

Anyway, I'm going to keep on trying. Stay tuned.
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20 Jul 2010   #87

Win 7/Vista/XP/Ubuntu10.4/Mac OSX Leopard All I One System
Found It!

The Way You Change The Text Is Easy But A Very Long Process It Requires Alot Of System Files To Be Changed About 20 or so (Don't You Just Love Microsoft) I Will Post List Later And Intructions ASAP.
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27 Jul 2010   #88

Windows 7 Ultimate

What is used to run the code?
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30 Jul 2010   #89

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

GUYS I FOUND HOW TO FIX THE PROBLEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

if you open the resulting bootres.dll in 7-zip you will see a new section called [data-1] if you open the file in notepad you get this

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which says that the sig is broken

if we could somehow remove this i think it would work

ijust hex edited out the [data-1] "partition" from the dll it still shows up in 7 zip but it has no contents

im about to test it


it dosent work

the wim is at the beggining of the dll then the [data-1] table then the certificate if you edit to far it cuts into the certificate breaking it

if you go just far enough to remove the [data-1] table the certificate is relocated into the [data-1] table and the certificate is missing

if we could just remove the [data-1] table
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31 Jul 2010   #90

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

I have been trying to work on this as well and I reproduced many of the things you guys have done all on my own and reached the same digital signature problems. It sounds like someone is working on that part which is great.

I am working on a program to automate the process a bit. I have a program that can take the BMP image they use and break it up into 105 individual frames. The program can also do the reverse and take 105 frames and make them into one long BMP (and then modify it a bit since the real activity.bmp isn't quite a proper BMP). I have some scripts that automate the extraction and updating of the WIM and bootres.DLL. So basically, if I get it better organized, if you have a folder with 105 images then I can automate the process from bootres.dll -> updated bootres.dll. Just need to fix the signature.

Some other problems, maybe you guys can help.
  • Currently I use IMAGEX to mount and commit the WIM. This causes problems since IMAGEX cannot get rid of old data so the original BMP is there with the new BMP (the original one is not available, but takes up space in the WIM).
  • 7-zip cannot update WIMs at all, how are you guys doing this?
  • The new version of 7-zip no longer shows the root directory of WIMs when there is only one mount (this WIM only has one mount: 1). So you cannot see the XML file (which should be fine since my program takes care to make sure the file is all kosher).
Well, I hope that working together we can come up with a viable solution.
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