How to Change or Customize Windows 7 Boot Screen Using Windows 7 Boot Updater

NOTE: This tool is intended for highly experienced users. Please do NOT try it if you are not familiar with such kind of customization stuffs. We'll not be responsible if you break your system with this tool. So use it at your own risk!

Now the wait is over. Since when Microsoft released Windows 7, no one was able to change the boot screen as it requires lots of files and certificates customization.

But now Jeff Bush @ "Coder for life" website has developed an excellent tool which can customize Windows 7 boot screen.

"Windows 7 Boot Updater" is a program that makes it easy to update the Windows 7 boot animation and text. It is written in C++/CLI and requires Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 and the Microsoft WIM library.


Features List:

  • Modifies the boot animation
  • Modifies the boot text "Starting Windows" and "Microsoft Corporation"
  • Will compile the animation from 105 BMP, PNG, GIF, or TIFF images
  • Does not require any other applications (like ImageX)
  • Designed to be idiot-proof by having numerous checks
  • Automatically backs up the modified files
  • Works for all versions of Windows 7: any language, any edition, 32-bit or 64-bit
  • Works even if your setup has the hidden "System Reserved" partition

The software is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.


You can change both boot screen and resume screen using this utility.

1. Download and run the program's exe file.

Download Link

2. You can change the text messages, remove them completely, change their color. You can also replace animation and background image.

3. If you want to change the animation you will have to make an animation! The animation is:

  • 105 frames (if there are less frames the last frame will be repeated as necessary)
  • Each frame is 200x200px (resized if necessary)
  • 15 frames / sec
  • First 4 seconds play once then the last 3 seconds play in a loop

The program loads a folder containing all the frames as PNGs, GIFs, BMPs, TIFs, or JPEGs images. The files will be played in alphabetical order. If you are numbering them, use the same number of digits for all numbers (e.g. 001, 002, ..., 103, 105). For 'historical' reasons, the animation can also be a folder containing a single BMP named "activity.bmp" that is 200x21000px.


If you get stuck forever in Windows Recovery Environment then you need to manually restore winload.exe. Here are the directions:

1. Once you enter Windows Recovery Environment press "Cancel" right away (while it is still scanning).

2. Click "Yes" on the warning that pops up.

3. Click "View advanced options for system recovery and support".

4. Select your keyboard types and click "Next".

5. Select an account (not "HomeGroupUser$") and enter password and click "OK".

6. Click "Command Prompt" (the last option) and enter following commands:

cd \Windows\System32
del winload.exe
ren "winload~1.exe" winload.exe

PS: Here C: in first line represents the system drive where Windows 7 is installed in your system. If you have installed Windows in any other partition like D: drive, then change the command to D:

7. Click "Restart" and you'll be able to boot into Windows again.

NOTE: Windows Vista users can use following free tool:

Download Windows Vista Boot Logo Generator Beta to Customize Vista Boot Screen


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  • its cool stuff dude >>where u get that brains to do these thing >>awesome

  • Thank you for this great software! I am using it and it works great. I have a custom animation running, too!
    I have one question. This takes the place of the bootup screen in Windows 7, but I seem to have a secondary screen that says "Welcome", and reverts to a Windows background, before going into my Desktop screen. Is there anyway to either avoid or customize that screen? I am running Windows 7 Professional, SP 1.

  • VG

    ^^ Its called Login Screen. You can customize it using following tutorial:

  • Hi, I've successfully changed boot screen many times but today when I tried the same again I got an error. Hare's the screen-shot -
    I tried different boot screen, run as administrator, disabled the antivirus but got the same result. I'm on Windows 7 ultimate x64 with sp1. Please help.

  • VG

    ^^ I have seen these error messages when you have a dual boot system with Windows 7 and Windows 8. Are you having a dual boot system?

  • Yeah, I've dual boot on my system. Thanks for your help. So sad I can't change boot screen if want to take advantage of both OS :(

  • I import my animation and click apply and it says it completes successfully. But when i restart my computer it goes into windows repair. Help with this issue?


  • ^^ I hv been using this program since years and never had any problem.

  • i cant run it ? ? ? why always say close program

  • I created a animation and it said it worked but when I boot all I get is a black screen and then
    The login screen

  • it's not opening after i had reinsatalled my windows 7 (ultimate)

  • Hii! I need help, I can't to open Windows 7 Boot Updater
    I always get appcrash.. can you help me
    I use Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
    please help me, I have to reinstall windows but the program has get same error

    Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
    Application Name: windows7bootupdater.exe
    Application Version:
    Application Timestamp: 5444421b
    Fault Module Name: windows7bootupdater.exe
    Fault Module Version:
    Fault Module Timestamp: 5444421b
    Exception Code: c0000005
    Exception Offset: 00007508
    OS Version: 6.1.7600.
    Locale ID: 1033
    Additional Information 1: 0a9e
    Additional Information 2: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789
    Additional Information 3: 0a9e
    Additional Information 4: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789

  • VG

    ^^ As I said earlier in one of my comments, I have seen these error messages when you have a dual boot system with Windows 7 and Windows 8. Are you having a dual boot system?

  • Is It possible to change the boot screen to one full screen image?

  • VG

    ^^ I think yes. Try to play with available options in the tool.

  • about the APPCRASH error. its true it happened to me too. i did a dual boot of 7 and 8 but it was doing okay until 3 days later when i installed the windows 7 monthly updates, then my bootscreen changed to an old bootscreen and winbootupdater gave me the appcrash error.

    it can be solved by REPLACING THE BOOTMGR FILE with a backup of it usually found in the same location (normally drive C: or wherever your windows folder is located) but filename would be bootmgr~1 or bootmgr~2 and so on. these backups are made whenever the bootscreen is changed using winbootupdater.

  • How can I make this animation fullscreen? Is it possible?

  • VG

    ^^ Try to play around the given options such as method, animation, etc in the tool.

  • Help!! I installed the application as said when I ran it I backed it up and loaded a boot screen I clicked apply and restarted. It then showed a black screen and restated again (got in a loop) I managed to fix it though. I don't have a dual boot and I am using windows 7 home premium 64 bit

  • 'Aman' had already posted a comment on an error & you mentioned about dual boot sytem( win7 & win 8), So i just wanna know if the problem is bcoz of the second OS (in my case win 8 enterprise).
    I get the error while updating bootscreen.It worked before installation of win 8. The error says about uncaught exception.................Attempted to read or write protected memory, often indication that the other memmory is corrupt.

    Is anything corrupt??

  • VG

    ^^ Yes. I have noticed that these error messages occur in this tool when you have a dual boot system with Windows 7 and Windows 8.

  • I have also hot same app failure error during updating bootmgr file, but I does not have two operating systems. Please help me..

  • Please use video tutorial with voice, this will make things so much easier.
    I will not tamper with this tool until I'm assured it will not screw my system up and restoring the previous (default) image is allowed. [I'm very low on computer skills, and DO NOT wish to mess my laptop up.] Again please post a video proving this works and how it can be done and a revert method.

  • We did the update and install the latest version of FX DotNET glad if I can still help APPCRASH have problems :(

    I know little English / i from turkey sorry :|

    Sorun imzası:
    Sorunlu Olay Adı: APPCRASH
    Uygulama Adı: Win7BootUpdater2.exe
    Uygulama Sürümü:
    Uygulama Zaman Damgası: 5514d29f
    Hata Modülü Adı: Win7BootUpdater2.exe
    Hata Modülü Sürümü:
    Hata Modülü Zaman Damgası: 5514d29f
    Özel Durum Kodu: c0000005
    Özel Durum Uzaklığı: 00007828
    OS Sürümü: 6.1.7601.
    Yerel Kimlik: 1055
    Ek Bilgiler 1: 0a9e
    Ek Bilgiler 2: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789
    Ek Bilgiler 3: 0a9e
    Ek Bilgiler 4: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789

  • what is wim library?? how to use or install it?? i cant even open boot updater it says to force close

  • bro i am using w7 ultimate sp1. i am getting following error message while pressing apply button "There was an uncaught exception while updating files:
    System.access violation Exception: attempted to read or write protected
    memory.This is often an indication that memory is corrupt.
    at bmzip_decompress(Bytes*,Bytes*)..............................................................................................................bla bla bla"
    and i also don't have dual os.

  • Chapman PcRepairs


    Using dual boot - Windows 7 Enterprise, created my own animation and it's working, have use this on other laptops in the past, and never had a problem with the software :)

  • VG

    ^^ No. But you can check following to customize boot screen in Windows 8 and later:

  • Unfortunately doesn't work anymore after the last update. Need to update program code.

  • Can someone inform the developers of this program that no longer works after the last big windows 7 update.

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