Years ago I became aware of a couple of settings that were purported to allow you to customize the colors of the Blue Screen of Death. Supposedly, by adding the
MessageTextColor values to
SYSTEM.INI, you could get XP to use different colors when your computer crashes catastrophically. Of course I tried it, but it never worked.
This comes as no surprise to me since it clearly states that the values apply to Windows 3.1 in the relavent Knowledge Base article. Nevertheless, there exist many pages on the Internet that specifically say that these values can be used to customize the colors of the BSOD of XP.
(I really don’t feel like attempting to dig out my Windows 3.* floppies or Windows 95 CD, installing them, adding the values, and pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete to test it.)
Does anyone know about the values? Can anyone confirm that it works in Win3.1 (3.0?), or 95, or XP (or even higher)? Does anyone know for sure if all the pages are incorrect in claiming that it works for XP?
(I considered asking Raymon Chen, but his question queue is already too full.)
This is the entry that I have personally tried without success (maybe the format—eg capitalization, hex format, etc.—is an issue?):
[386enh] MessageBackColor=B MessageTextColor=E