Categories




Still have a problem? Ask for help at our discussion forum.
Search


Advanced Search
Article Options
Popular Articles
  1. Handwrite for MSN Messenger
  2. Win2000 Logon Screen
  3. The difference between 64 and 32 bit processors
  4. Windows XP FAQ T
  5. Windows XP FAQ P
No popular articles found.

 »  Home  »  User Interface Page 3  »  Change XP Boot Screen
Change XP Boot Screen
By  Super Admin  | Published  02/23/2005 | User Interface Page 3 | Unrated
Change XP Boot Screen

These instructions assume that you have a place to download the boot screen from the net. If you would like to download a boot screen, visit http://www.themexp.org

1. Backup (copy) the file %windir%\system32\ntoskrnl.exe (most likely C:\windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe - the boot screen)
2. Download the .zip to your computer (important: make sure to get the right version, XP or XP SP1)
3. Extract ntoskrnl.exe to a directory other than %windir%\system32 (most likely C:\windows\system32)
4. Reboot your computer into Safe Mode (hit F8 before the boot screen) or into true DOS (from a boot disk)
5. Overwrite the file %windir%\system32\ntoskrnl.exe (which should have been backed up) with the extracted exe
6. Reboot your computer as you normally would

How would you rate the quality of this article?
1 2 3 4 5
Poor Excellent
Tell us why you rated this way (optional):

Send to Author Post on Site

Comments
  • Comment #1 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    Pls explain what we have to do with downloaded Zip file..pls explain in some more deatils. Thanks. Himanshu
     
  • Comment #2 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    This is much too cursory and poorly written an explanation to be of very much use. Also, this does not explain how to edit ntoskrnl.exe in order to insert your own startup image using a hex editor.
     
  • Comment #3 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    i got a virius
     
  • Comment #4 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    ntoskrnl has nothing whatsoever to do with boot screens.. it is the NT OS Kernel file or the heart of the operating system. The boot screen is called "logo.sys". Replacing your ntoskrnl with a file you download from the internet is a BAD idea.
     
  • Comment #5 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    What do u mean Download the .zip ... is this the winzip ..or anyzip program will do .... and what if i want to use My own photo,for me or my girlfriend ...or even a monkey....I dont want to download ur themes ... this method SUCK
     
  • Comment #6 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    lol , yeah hmm , maybe if i had the time , i'd sit there and mess with the codes and script , but there's software now days , they have also invented the wheel to , your not cool or a hacker by doing it manual your just stupid or bored
     
  • Comment #7 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    where is this zip file plz tell me the exact location of that zip file -Gaurav
     
  • Comment #8 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    Good thing I scanned this beforehand... it's no good, guys
     
  • Comment #9 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    Let's see....edit the kernel of your OS to change a boot screen....Seems like a security compromise issue
     
  • Comment #10 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    Crap!
     
  • Comment #11 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    Watch out, this is a trojan downloader.
     
  • Comment #12 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    goooooood
     
  • Comment #13 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    bad link to http://www.themexp.org ?????
     
  • Comment #14 (Posted by DSI-Sanil)
    Rating
    What a crap and a great waste of time. Messing with the codes is really time consuming and lot more coplicated then it feels. This is a really really really bad and hard way to change boot screen. You really suck dude.
     
  • Comment #15 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    The how-to is fine, but ThemeXP.org and their wrapped items suck.
     
  • Comment #16 (Posted by zayed)
    Rating
    dude ..your idea sucks...here are some tricks.. Modifying your Windows XP Boot logo.. DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK! This procedure is very similar to modifying the Windows 2000 boot logo . Microsoft decided to remove the pallet from the logo to another location. So now when you open up ntoskrnl.exe in Resource Hacker (software), the .bmps are just black images. For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, don't worry. The first tool you will need is Resource Hacker. First locate your ntoskrnl.exe, which can be found in windowssystem32. Make a copy of your ntoskrnl.exe and rename ntoskrnl.bak. Now fire up Resource Hacker and open the ntoskrnl.exe. In the left hand column you will see a list of resources to edit. Open the first tree called Bitmaps and you will see numbers 1-10. Numbers 1, 8, and 10 are the WinXP Pro bitmaps. 1, 7, and 9 are for Home Edition. In this tutorial we will be using Pro. Select number 1. Then go to the action menu and click 'save Bitmap'. Save the bitmaps wherever you would like to, just remember where they are for later use. Repeat the process for numbers 8 and 10. Now for editing these images, we will be using Jasc Paint Shop Pro 7. Open all three of these images into Paintshop. When they open, they will be completely black. In order to see the real images, we have to import the pallet. Here is the palette for Paint Shop Pro: 16.pal. And one for Photoshop: 16.act (you may need to right-click the links and select save-as to have your browser save the files instead of trying to display them). In Paintshop, hit Shift + O and select the 16.pal file. Make sure to select 'Maintain Indexes'. If you open all three images at once, you will need to apply the palette for each of the images. The images should now be visible. After you are all finished editing the logo, save them. Open Resource Hacker again, and open the ntoskrnl.exe. Go to 'Action/Replace Bitmap... Select Bitmap to replace for 1, then click on 'Open file with new Bitmap' and locate your edited boot logo. Then click replace. Follow the same steps with 8 and 10. Once you are finished with that, go to Save As and save your new ntoskrnl.exe to a directory other then the system32 directory (so it doesn't overwrite the original). Now because of Windows File Protection, you will need to reboot into safe mode (reboot, hit F8 before the boot srceen comes up) or boot off a DOS bootdisk (check out www.bootdisk.com for floppy boot images) to overwrite the original ntoskrnl.exe. Once you have done either of those, reboot, and that should do it. Note: It can be done with Adobe Photoshop, and I assume other image editing programs that support palette importing. However, I have only tried it with Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop. This was put together pretty fast, so there will be more updates on it (i.e. other program support, some sample boot logos, etc.). hope this idea dont suck regards
     
  • Comment #17 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    logo.sys is bmp file for windows 98
     
  • Comment #18 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    thanxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
     
  • Comment #19 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    suck!
     
  • Comment #20 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    very well gota learn some new tricks and a good way to get accustomed to the system
     
  • Comment #21 (Posted by Khaleeq)
    Rating
    very poor approach. we can have more better and easier approaches i-e we can have readymade exe files or programes that would only ask for the image you want to set for boot screen and other process is done automatically.........
     
  • Comment #22 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    cool!!!!!!!!! just what I need!
     
  • Comment #23 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    people cant afford so much time . tell some easy way to change boot screen.
     
  • Comment #24 (Posted by Joel)
    Rating
    " comment #6- but there's software now days , they have also invented the wheel to , your not cool or a hacker by doing it manual your just stupid or bored" i think author of this comment is stupid and lazy which is really sucks the answer is not although useful because it only allow change to specific bootscreen(this screen mostly viruses) "Comment #30 (Posted by an unknown user) Rating If you don't know what you are doing...this is a bad way to loose the original system files. I wouldn't try it this way...and I am an experienced software programmer....Your way is like cutting & spreading soft butter with a Hatchet. Goto this site for instructions in how to change your Boot file for Multiple Boot screens without overwriting the orginal ntoskrnl.exe >>> http://www.windowsitpro.com/articles/print.cfm?articleid=25797" this comment is not working as the mentioned here teaching how to use resource hacker but nothing is there for editting mannually Please try find out how to do editing mannually
     
  • Comment #25 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    I tried replacing manually, but the result is negative. My windows file ntfs.sys got corrupted. I dont know why that file got corrupted when I replaced ntoskernel. Finally I reinstalled OS :-(
     
  • Comment #26 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    ehhhh, there are better ways, and this is risky... themexp is junk too, give u virus
     
  • Comment #27 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    This sucked & was not informative. This is not how you do a boot screen. This is how you get "XP boot screen editor" to do it for you. This is not permanent. You cannot build this into an installation disk.
     
  • Comment #28 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    What . zip file to download? What is the link? Who wrote it???
     
  • Comment #29 (Posted by Phillip Corcoran)
    Rating
    I quote (unknown poster) "ntoskrnl has nothing whatsoever to do with boot screens.. it is the NT OS Kernel file or the heart of the operating system. The boot screen is called "logo.sys". Replacing your ntoskrnl with a file you download from the internet is a BAD idea". You are wrong. Logo.sys was abandoned after Windows 98 and is no longer used. The author of this article is perfectly right -- the boot screen is now handled by ntoskrnl.exe. Check the facts before criticising others!
     
  • Comment #30 (Posted by Akash Mishra)
    Rating
    hi i am akash mishra i gave a suggestion to owner of this site please give perfect solutions or not gave any solution
     
  • Comment #31 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    they are all vireses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  • Comment #32 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    Very Usefull,Tnkzzzzzz
     
  • Comment #33 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    pls explain how to do with .zip file in detail
     
  • Comment #34 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    explain me how to change the boot screen without the help of any software>>>>> i want to change it manualy ??????
     
  • Comment #35 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    this is bullshit!!!U can't do it like that!
     
  • Comment #36 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    I agree with comment #4 dont trust this the hard way of changing the boot screen is better in the long run but if your stupid or lazy you can download bootskin and it will do it easy. What this guy wants you to do is probably install a backdoor so that he can steal somethign from you
     
  • Comment #37 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    i make it in my PC??if succes your rate is excellente if not succes poor?ok.by ConSar
     
  • Comment #38 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    i wrote the above guide and i've done it many times since.. it is safe if you do it like i said. no malicious code or anything people relax, and im not even an engineer, just someone who likes messin with software entry level for now
     
  • Comment #39 (Posted by Tony)
    Rating
    This is to comment 16 All the information is correct but wrong file The file you want to edit is ntkrnlpa.exe I have donit to xp home and xp pro
     
  • Comment #40 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    this is a really bad explanation
     
  • Comment #41 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    i agree you suck and dont know what the hell you are talking about
     
  • Comment #42 (Posted by Munawar)
    Rating
    very nice
     
  • Comment #43 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    Change XP Boot Screen
     
  • Comment #44 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    very easy download "ResHacker"
     
  • Comment #45 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    it is poorly explained.. i think he/she is not sure about it.
     
  • Comment #46 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    yesyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
     
  • Comment #47 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    nice
     
  • Comment #48 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    "REALLY BAD IDEA" BADSECTOR200X said, if you want to change the picture in it as u like you should use any program can fix *.exe like "PEexplorer" so you can put your pic.
     
  • Comment #49 (Posted by Malfufi)
    Rating
    WHAT A WASTE OF FFFFFING TIME
     
  • Comment #50 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    If you don't know what you are doing...this is a bad way to loose the original system files. I wouldn't try it this way...and I am an experienced software programmer....Your way is like cutting & spreading soft butter with a Hatchet. Goto this site for instructions in how to change your Boot file for Multiple Boot screens without overwriting the orginal ntoskrnl.exe >>> http://www.windowsitpro.com/articles/print.cfm?articleid=25797
     
  • Comment #51 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    nothing can be done with dowloaded bootup screen..n more miles to go for changing the logo.sys
     
  • Comment #52 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    In Ref to Comment #16 In XProfessional the ntoskrnl.exe does NOT contain any bitmaps for 9, 10, 11, or 12!!!! Where'd you get your info? Would you like a cut and paste of the window from within ResHacker?
     
  • Comment #53 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
     
  • Comment #54 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    wast no use
     
  • Comment #55 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    great
     
  • Comment #56 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    useless
     
  • Comment #57 (Posted by Gibbs)
    Rating
    I have a more complete guide for anyone interested ---------------------------------------------------- how to change boot screen in XP easy guide by Gibbs It's hard to get a straight up guide for changing your xp boot screen without looking in multiple places, so after some research, I'm going to make it as easy as possible for everyone else. programs needed to accomplish changing your boot screen adobe photoshop, paint, res hacker, 16.act (plugin for photoshop) note: 16.act can be found from google, just save it to the desktop So first create a likable 16-color bitmap for your new boot screen by using a combination of photoshop and paint. Paint is where you can save the photo as 16-color. Make sure to check out attributes under image in paint to make sure the size is exactly 640x480 pixel resolution. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. click start, run, type C:WINDOWSSystem32 enter and look for the file ntoskrnl.exe 2.copy ntoskrnl.exe rename it whatever u want, I just renamed it ntoskrnl2.exe leave the copy in the system32 directory it's fine there. Really you aren't going to use this copy at all hopefully, it's just to make you feel better about messing with the kernel. 3. download and install resource hacker and run it. 4. In res hacker, click file, open, C:WINDOWSSystem32 toskrnl.exe 5. under bitmap, expand folder 1, then expand 1033. we are only concerned about the large black picture under folder one, 1033 none of the others are relevant to what we need 6. so right click that 1033 under folder one and click save [Bitmap: 1 : 1033]... 7. save it to the desktop as 1.bmp, essentially we just made a copy to edit. 8. open photoshop, open 1.bmp from the desktop 9. (the image should be black) click image, mode, color table, load, 16.act (((where did you save 16.act?))) when you do this, the image is now appears complete (the way it normally looks at boot) but we don't like it anymore 10. keep this image (palette) open and now still in photoshop open your image you made from paint (16 color 640x480) and select all(ctrl+a), copy your new image (ctrl+c), and then click back over to the other window in paint (your stock boot screen) and paste your new image right over top of the old one! 11. then just click file save to the desktop name it whatever u like save it as a bitmap 4 bit compress rle. 12. Now open paint again and check to make sure that the attributes still say the resolution is 640x480; sometimes it changes on it's own and you have to fix it back up to size (640x480). Then in paint overwrite the save again as 16-color bmp just to make sure. 13. now you are ready to boot into safe mode to change the screen. [[[you must be in safe mode for this to work otherwise windows protection stuff will make it go back to the original boot screen again]]] 14. reboot the computer, press f8 during boot consistantly so the boot menu pops up and select boot in safe mode (only). 15. open reshacker again and open your C:WINDOWSSystem32 toskrnl.exe file. 16. under bitmap, 1, 1033 (same place as before) right click the 1033, click replace resource. 17. click open file with new bitmap, locate your image you made the 16 color 640x480 photo and be sure that 1 is highlighted in the lower right then click replace. 18. then click file SAVE. congratulations, you've just overwritten your ntoskrnl.exe screen! & It's all good if you did like I said. 19. just reboot and your boot screen should now show up at every boot. If it does not you probably either didn't create the image correctly or did not follow my directions completely and in order. create a lot of 16color boot screens and change them as often as you do wallpapers and themes. Make sure to keep this guide handy for next time until you memorize it. 20. Cheers!
     
  • Comment #58 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    Oh and I forgot to say there is no malicious code you are installing, what a bunch of retards! lol do you know what that even is?? Obviously not reshacker is not even a trojan or malicious program, it's very safe and a tried and true programming tool that's very easy to use and very easy to replace system files, though you must be careful and know what you're doing or follow instructions jeez peeps
     
  • Comment #59 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    I am the author of comment number 50 and I stand by my guide. It works! You are retards if you cannot work it the way I have it laid out. Gibbs is not even a programmer yet don't worry about screwing it up, it will either work or not work, unless you did something crazy. Remember to change folder options in control panel to show system files the file is ntoskrnl.exe not toskrnl.exe, I don't know why they changed it on here. The part where I talk about copying and pasting wording is confusing, but all you do is after you use the 16.act plugin and can see the boot screen turn from black to normal boot screen, that is the time to paste your 16-color image over the old one. You really don't even need to use paint is what I found out. After you save over the old ntoskrnl with reshacker with your new boot screen, in safe mode, it works, and it continues to work until you change it. It's so easy, I cannot believe nobody left any positive comments about my how-to. Oh well, at least I know.
     
  • Comment #60 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    u didnt xpalin how can we put another pic.... plz explain it
     
  • Comment #61 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    how to do that manualy? no way i want to install malicious code to my os
     
  • Comment #62 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    excellent
     
  • Comment #63 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    nothing explained.All are not engineers!
     
  • Comment #64 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    It was amusing but im trying not to hack my system
     
  • Comment #65 (Posted by Mr N)
    Rating
    You definitely do not want to follow the tutorial of this post... BUT, post #16 is an excellent tutorial of how to properly change your boot screen. In response to post #6... Manually changing your boot screen without one of the Aftermarket programs doesn't by any means make you cool.. It makes you smart. Those programs aimed to make your system look better (StarDock, etc) eat up tons of memory and decrease the overall performance of your computer. So sure, use a program. Or do it manually and keep your system running smoothly.
     
  • Comment #66 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    This is merely a hoax to screw up your system and give this person a backdoor trojan that the less-informed/tech savvy might install. Please read Comment #16 (Posted by zayed) Zayed knows what they are talking about.
     
  • Comment #67 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    THIS IS A HOAX. I TRIED IT, AND HAD SERIOUS ERRORS DO NOT REPLACE NTOSKRNL.EXE FILE!!!
     
  • Comment #68 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    hey man i m sorry but i dont need software i need knowlege that hoe can i cahng boot screen without software thxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
     
  • Comment #69 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    great
     
  • Comment #70 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    Very Bad
     
  • Comment #71 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    this is sshitttttttttttttttttttttttt
     
  • Comment #72 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    according to McAfree site advisor there are viruses on that site
     
  • Comment #73 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    Windows XP is dont new windows vista is faster and newer
     
  • Comment #74 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    This a simple explaination without any details..not helpful.
     
Submit Comment