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Windows 7: Lost Animated Boot Screen

04 Feb 2009   #1

Windows 7 x64
Lost Animated Boot Screen

After I installed Win7 64 to dual boot with Win732, and fixed the boot menu to show both options (thanks to those of you that helped with that), I somehow lost the animated boot screen splash. I now have the "Vista" green bar.

Is there a setting somewhere that controls this?


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04 Feb 2009   #2

El Capitan / Windows 10

No. There is no settings to speak of. If the boot files are Windows 7's and not modified in any way you will see the animation if your primary display (the one that the BIOS initializes first) can handle a minimum of 1024x768 resolution. Since you had the animated boot screen before you have all that covered and the only likely reason for the loss is that the 200MB partition that Windows 7 creates during installation is not set active.
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05 Feb 2009   #3

Vista Ult 64bit - Windows 7 Ult 7264 64bit

Check the msconfig boot tab and make sure the "No GUI" boot option is not checked.
Just in case you need it, press Win key+R to open the Run box, type msconfig, hit Enter and then just go to the Boot tab.
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05 Feb 2009   #4

Windows 7 x64

Here is the background that got me to this point....After running Win732 for a few weeks, I installed Win764 in the boot partition that previously had the factory Vista. I did a clean install, even formating the partition as part of the install. After this, it booted directly into the Win764 install. No option to see or boot to the Win732 partition. At the suggestion of members here, I ran setup recovery which automatically detected the Win732 install and added it to the boot options. It is after this that I lost the animated (post 6801 build) boot splash and now have the old green bar "Vista" splash. I have no Vista on this PC and any changes that occurred would have been done using Windows 7 files.

This is not really a big issue, and will go away after the RC comes out. I will only install x64 (merge and format both existing OS partitions) as I have all software and devices I need to work with running fine in x64.

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06 Feb 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

Try a repair install, this has been shown o work for your problem and will save you having to install all your programs again.
Repair Install
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08 Feb 2009   #6

W8 Pro, W7 Ultimate, XP Pro x64, Vista x64, Ubuntu

I'm getting something along those lines with a Vista-style green bar on a machine that has never seen Vista.

I bought a Dell Mini 9 with Ubuntu, cloned the Ubuntu to a larger drive and played with it for awhile. Then I installed W7 32bit, keeping the 24 MB OEM partition which typically has the Dell diagnostics. This installation was a little unique compared with the 30 +/- other Windows 7 installations I've done so far. Early in the installation under drive options when I deleted the Ubuntu partition, merged it with some unallocated space and formatted it, W7 asked permission to create a 200 MB partition for recovery options (I believe this is where it puts the winre.wim and boot.sdi files used with the setautofailover.cmd). W7 usually creates that partition but doesn't ask. That caught my attention.

Anyway, the boot screen is the green Vista style. Also, uniquely, the resume from Hibernate is not the new W7 orb but a white bar that offers "Press Space Bar to Pause Resume" or something like that. If you press the space bar, you are given the options to resume from hibernate or forget resume and reboot the system.

Now.... I don't really want to mess with it because...WOW is it working good on a Mini with a little ol' Atom processor!
With restart times like this I can live with a Vista boot screen. It's almost as though W7 sensed the SSD drive and automatically installed itself as the rumored "Netbook version of Windows 7."

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