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Windows 7: Animated GIF at the Logon screen

28 Feb 2010   #1

Win 7 Ult./Win XP Pro SP3/Win 3.1/Dos 6.2 :P Multisystem OS's
Animated GIF at the Logon screen


i dont have much exp modding win OS's but i would like to know if any1 has tried to use an animated GIF to replace your logon icon.


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28 Feb 2010   #2
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You could start with this: Log On Screen - Change
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28 Feb 2010   #3
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I think most stuff is either PNG or BITMAP ,so If you did try and replace it with a .GIF you would be denied due a wrong file type.
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28 Feb 2010   #4

Win 7 Ult./Win XP Pro SP3/Win 3.1/Dos 6.2 :P Multisystem OS's

so we are clear im referencing the user icon not the background(i already know how to do that through the regedit)...neways it let me replace the icon with a .gif file....

ne1 have any idea where you can start to look as far as functional animated gif's replacing the standard bitmap User Icon for the Logon Sceen and Start menu
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01 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

I have some experience with modding the logon screen and windows media center.

I have tried to add gifs to both programs with the proper resource type. Then I went and modified the the UIFiles and XAML files to properly know to look for a gif.

Bottom line. Not possible to add animated gifs. The most I got it to do was display the gif, but it was only the first frame of the animation. As I a programmer I know there are different ways to load images and it simply wont load an animated gif. For transparency it uses png or alpha bmps. To do ANY kind of animations (like in media center) you need to actually code it into the xaml/uifile files. That simply animates the pngs and bitmaps.

Im sure in order to load a gif, MS would actually have to code it to do so. Now a days the Windows UI doesnt even use gifs. It uses AVI files (like the one used when coping files). I recently read that the new win7 start up animation (the flying orbs that turn into the ms flag) use static images that are chained together to create it. Something like 40 tiffs!

Sorry if I wrote a novel, but I know how you feel.
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01 Mar 2010   #6

Win 7 Ult./Win XP Pro SP3/Win 3.1/Dos 6.2 :P Multisystem OS's

thx for the thorough information
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