I want to change Windows 7's boot screen. Is there any way?

Note that I'm not referring to the logon screen; I'm talking about the screen which you see before the welcome screen:

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  • Thanks for the edit alex. Indeed this was getting out of hand. – A Dwarf Nov 12 '09 at 13:59
  • No problem. It hurts my eyes to see things all over the place. – alex Nov 12 '09 at 14:05

I believe this is what you're after: http://www.coderforlife.com/projects/win7boot/

If you want some examples of what you can do, these are some of the better replacement animations readily available:

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If you want to make your own the program is pretty flexible but the one main requirement is making sure your animation contains 105 frames. You can of course use duplicates if you can't come up with that many unique frames of animation.

  • Thank you, I would suggest the second link for laptop users, it's great. :-) – Tom Wijsman Jan 21 '11 at 14:31

The only tool I know so far that can do it is TuneUp Utilities 2010 (which btw, is also a nice tool to keep your Windows 7 stable and cleaned).

It's possible that other tools will start to emerge. However the official Microsoft position was stated long ago (bottom of the page). So any solution will only be presented in the shape of third-party tools and most likely Microsoft will never provide a direct way for you to do it.

  • BTW: TuneUp was just updated to TuneUp Utilities 2010. I'm currently running the 30 day trial. – Martin Nov 12 '09 at 10:01
  • It was actually a typo. Thanks for the reminder. Fixed. – A Dwarf Nov 12 '09 at 14:00

Ok, here is what I found out. Go to "C:\Windows\System32\en-US" and find the file "winload.exe.mui". If you can find another boot screen that you like, I assume that you can just name it "winload.exe.mui" and replace the original one. I believe this will work, but I recommend making a backup of your computer before trying this.

I am in no way responsible if this directly or indirectly ruins, crashes, or messes up your computer, or if you lose or make corrupt any files while trying this operation. If you do not agree with this then do not try this. Thank you for your cooperation.


Yes, Windows allows OEMs to change the login wallpaper and it is easily done with a registry hack and placement of the correct files. see Change Windows 7 Logon Screen


Create registry key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background] "OEMBackground"=dword:00000001

Place image files in C:\Windows\System32\oobe\Info\Backgrounds that are the correct size:

* backgroundDefault.jpg
* background768×1280.jpg 
* background900×1440.jpg 
* background960×1280.jpg 
* background1024×1280.jpg 
* background1280×1024.jpg
* background1024×768.jpg  
* background1280×960.jpg
* background1600×1200.jpg 
* background1440×900.jpg
* background1920×1200.jpg 
* background1280×768.jpg 
* background1360×768.jpg 

Note: the files must be <= 256KB

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    I think u talk about changing logon screen where user enter his password . But he talk about the screen before screen ? – nXqd May 14 '10 at 8:41

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