Q. How can I replace the standard Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP boot splash screen?

A.

You can change the Windows 2003 and XP startup screens to display any 16-color, 640x480 bitmap image. Simply create the bitmap and save it as boot.bmp in the \%systemroot% folder (e.g., C:\windows). Then modify the boot.ini file as follows:

  1. Open a command line (Start, Run, cmd.exe).
  2. Navigate to the C:\ root directory.
  3. Modify the boot.ini file to be writable, by running this command:

    attrib boot.ini -r -s -h  
  4. Edit the boot.ini file in Notepad by running the command

    notepad boot.ini  
  5. Add the /bootlogo switch and the /noguiboot switch, as the example below shows:
      \[boot loader\]    

    timeout=30

    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS

    \[operating systems\]

    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows Server 2003, Enterprise" /fastdetect /bootlogo /noguiboot

    If you don't add the /noguiboot switch, the standard Windows 2003 logo will be overlaid on your custom image.

  6. Save the file, then reset the boot.ini attributes by running the command

      attrib boot.ini +r +s +h 

The figure shows how I modified my computer's startup image.

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