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Thread: HOWTO: modifying the boot,welcome, and logout screens

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    Exclamation HOWTO: modifying the boot,welcome, and logout screens

    PLEASE DONT POST ANYTHING HERE THIS IS A HOWTO ONLY!!! POST YOUR QUESTIONS FOR ME HERE~>
    BootScreens,WelcomeScreens, Signoff Screens

    CHANGING THE BOOT SCREEN
    First off to accomplish these feats you are going to need to have these three programs....Boot skin, logonstudio and photoshop.

    The reason i chose these programs short of ps, for obvious reasons, is because they simply change what bmp file your computer uses in the ntoskrnl file instead of modding the file, you change the bmp. So the file behaves as if it did from the initial loading of windows. This allows it to be completely reversable as well as not having to do safemode changes. Plus the system resources dont change for those of you using a smaller version of xp.

    step 1
    After downloading and installing the two programs short of photoshop open up boot skin. You will see a few already premade designs. Any of the ones you click on there will also be a button that says preview so that you can see what it will act like when loading.
    step 2
    It is now time to create your own boot screen. In your photoediting program of choice. open up a new doc that is set to what ever pixel ratio you want,(native boot size is 640 x 480) along with to make sure you set it on windowsOS and 4bit 16color palete. now this is where you creative or lack of juices start flowing. Make it simple to start because replicating more than 16 color picture in 4bit mode doesnt lend itself to be a masterpiece. Start easy and see from there. Keep in mind you are going to have to make two pictures. One for the background and one for the loading bar. The loading bar is natively (22 x 9 ) <~ not much room for anyting to creative.
    step 3
    Time to create the ini file that is going to take your two pictures together and make them work. Here is the coding for my nissan one.
    [BootSkin]
    Type=0
    Name = "Shift"
    Author = "Jimm Brooks"
    Description = "nissan CARPUTER"
    ProgressBar=bar.bmp
    ProgressBarX = 225
    ProgressBarY = 325
    ProgressBarWidth = 200
    Screen=shiftbackground.bmp


    where anything in brackets or quotes is for reference only. The progress bar file is the loading bar picture you made. the x and y location is exactly that how far x and y the bar will show up on your picture. and the width is how long you want your bar to move before making another pass from left to right.
    and your screen is the backgroung immage you made.

    step 4
    time to implement your creation Go to where you installed the boot skin program usually c: programfiles / stardock / wincustomise / bootskin / skins
    create a new folder in there named what ever you want it to be called. Copy your two pictures that are in bmp format into the folder as well as the ini file you created. once that is completed you will close that window and open bootskin the program. Wallah you now see your custom skin you made and can preview it as mentioned in step 1. If you do not like where your progress bar is located simply modify the x y coordinets in the ini file untill its where you want.

    IF I AM MAKING A SCREEN FOR YOU I WILL SEND IT TO YOU IN A SINGLE FILE FOLDER THAT YOU JUST COPY INTO THE SKINS FOLDER

    ....Modifiying your welcome and logout screens next.

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    Hey,

    The BootSkin prgram that you use in this thread does not appear to accept any resolution other than 640 x 480. Is this true? It seems the only way I can get the prgram to recognize my skin is by using that res.

    Thanks

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    that is a windows issue. it only allows that size i believe
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    Yeah , thats what I thought ... Sorry about posting in this thread. Can an admin delete them please?

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    JimmBrooks - your thread is great. While following it, I ran into a few little problems. So I did a bit of searching to try and find some more info, and I came up with this link:

    http://www.wincustomize.com/articles.aspx?aid=58737&c=1

    It helps to clarify a few things.

    I now have my own boot screen!

    Much props to you for taking the time to work on something like this!
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    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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    any updates for welcome screens?

    I'm sure you're a busy guy, just thought I would see if you might have written it just not gotten it posted yet?
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    hey boes anyone know how to make a bootscreen show up at 640 x 480.. or even change the default hertz cause my monitor is really picky

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    i made a mazda bootskin quite a long time ago.
    here it is

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    any updates for welcome screens?

    Ti-ejtsch

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