Change the Startup and Shutdown Screens (Windows
Microsoft has a nack for making the Windows
startup and shutdown screens pretty boring. Luckily it's relatively
easy to replace these images with pictures of your own.
There are three files which makeup the startup and shutdown screens,
LOGO.SYS - The startup screen, usually located in your C:\ directory.
LOGOW.SYS - The 'Please wait...' screen, usually located in your
LOGOS.SYS - The 'It's now safe to turn off your computer.' screen,
usually located in your c:\windows directory.
These files are standard 256 color Windows bitmap files with dimensions
of 320(w) x 400(h). You can use basically any image editing program
to change them (as long as it supports BMP files).
Warning: Before getting started make sure to take a backup copy
of all three files (LOGO.SYS may or may not already exist).
1. Copy LOGOW.SYS and LOGOS.SYS to a temporary folder, and rename
their extensions to .BMP
2. Using your favourite graphics editor, open the files and modify
them to your liking.
3. Once your finished, save the files, change their extensions back
to .SYS, and copy them back over the original files in the Windows
directory (which you've already backed-up) and you're done.
Alternatively you can create three new BMP files for each screen,
just make sure that the proportions of 320(w) x 400(h) are maintained.
The file once finished should be 129,078 bytes.
Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require
you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that
problems resulting from the incorrect use of the registry can be
solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.