I’ve been rather irritated by the default Windows Start-up screen and have been wanting to change it for some time. Since I have been using Linux as my primary OS for the past year, it hasn’t been a priority of mine. After my most recent catastrophic drive failure (see Linux Noob – When Good Drives Go Bad), I ended up with Windows 7 back as the primary along with a start-up screen that made me want to gag so the only way to solve this problem was to consult the mighty oracle Google and here is what I was able to aggregate.Before you get started, let me give you the party line spiel: Be careful. If you don’t know what you are doing, just walk away. This is easy but it is just as easy to hose your system for all time so back up your stuff. I am NOT responsible for stuff you do. This worked for me and I am just sharing the steps. BEWARE!
Ok, now that I have scared off the noobs, let’s have some fun, eh?
- You will need to make a Registry Entry (egad!). I personally hate doing this but… what the hell. You can either download the Registry file HERE or manually enter (this is the extract for the downloaded file):
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion \Authentication\LogonUI\Background] "OEMBackground"=dword:00000001
- Next, navigate to the the following folder (on your installation drive):
- Here, you will create two folders. First, create Info, then inside of that, create backgrounds.
- Place your favorite JPG-formatted image under 256 KB in this folder and rename it backgrounddefault.jpg.
- Reboot and bask in the glory of your fabulous mod.
The following images are supported and have to be named as such:
(referenced from Into Windows)