[Fix] Windows 7 Boot Screen Changed to Vista Style

Its a very annoying and common problem in Windows 7. After getting numerous e-mails about this problem, we decided to post this solution.

As we all know Windows 7 contains a new animated boot screen which shows animated items/balls that come together to form Windows logo.

Sometimes it starts showing the old Vista styled boot screen which contains only a green progressbar with black background.

Most of the time it happens when a user tries to repair the boot loader or adds a new entry for Windows 7.

If you are also facing this problem, then here is a very simple and working solution for you:

1. Boot into Windows 7 and click on "Start button -> All Programs -> Accessories". Now right-click on "Command Prompt" and select "Run As Administrator". If you are prompted to enter password, enter the password and continue. You can also open Command Prompt in Administrator mode by typing "cmd" in Start Menu Search box and press "Ctrl+Shift+Enter".

2. Now provide following command:

bcdedit /set {current} locale en-US

The above command is for English version of Windows, if you are using some other language version, then change "en-US" to your own locale.

3. Exit Command Prompt and restart your system. Now the new animated Windows 7 boot screen should be back in action.

NOTE: If the above method doesn't work for you, provide following command again using Command Prompt:

bcdboot %WinDir% /l en-US

And restart your system. It'll work now.

PS: Please keep in mind that new Windows 7 boot screen requires at least 1024x768 screen resolution. If your monitor's native resolution is smaller than this, Windows 7 will show Windows Vista boot screen.


Also try the command given in following tutorial to restore default boot screen in Windows 7:

[Fun Tip] Enable Windows Vista Boot Screen in Windows 7

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Posted in: Troubleshooting, Windows 7

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