stardocks bootskin edits the pictures in ntoskrnl.exe
ways around it:
safemode -> stardocks bootskin -> select "default" (at the top) -> apply -> restart
add the switch /noguiboot to boot.ini (on the same line as your windows info), turns boot screen black
add switch /sos to boot.ini (same line again) shows drivers loading
[ I myself have not tested this ] add switch /bootlogo and /noguiboot and have "boot.bmp" in windows directory
boot.bmp must be 640x480 4-bit 16 colors
adding your own boot screen with switches seems safer than alot of other boot screen editors in run across.
ive tried a bunch of boot screen edits too and i like stardocks bootskin but im not sure if its the program or its a bios thing but some boards wont run a non-stock boot screen. my d945gclf worked fine with bootskin but not the asus at3n7a-i, it just bsod on start up.
ive never stuck my fingers into ewf but it sounds like u know your way around it
and if some one running the famous zotac atom/ion marriage runs across this, can you run a bootskin