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.
- 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.
HOW TO USE:
You can change both boot screen and resume screen using this utility.
1. Download and run the program's exe file.
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.
HOW TO RESTORE:
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:
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:
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