Microsoft introduced an entirely new design with Windows Vista—to refresh the aging look of Windows XP. Now, the TuneUp Blog team will show you how to transform the entire user interface of the former operating system to suit your taste. The step-by-step guides will go beyond replacing the wallpaper or changing some colors and breathe new life into your PC.
In the first part of our styling series, we’ll explain how to change the simple Vista boot screen to something with a bit more personality.
How do I change the boot screen?
Usually, there is a lot of work involved when manually changing the boot screen; replacing a critical boot file, for example, can be a tedious process. Don’t take any risks—the easiest way to alter the boot screen is to use TuneUp Styler. (Download a 15-day trial of TuneUp Utilities to try out this function).
- Install TuneUp Utilities, fire up the software, and click on “Boot screen” in the “Customize Windows” category. You will see the standard Windows Vista boot screen. To make your own boot screen from an image (GIF, PNG, JPG, BMP, etc.) on your PC, click “Create new”, and select a photo of your choice. To select one of our favorite boot screens (see below), click on “Load boot screen from a file”.
- If you downloaded the White Lily boot screen, go to your download folder, and double-click “Whitelily.tbs”. Note: If your boot screen is from another source, you might need to extract it first by using a program such as WinRAR.
- To see preview your boot screen’s new look, go to “Show large preview”.
- Hit “Apply” to select the new boot screen. Then, restart your computer, and the new image should appear as the boot screen.
Our favorites: the top five boot screens
We have found some great boot screens! Here is a list of our personal favorites.
Most of these designs are available on TuneUp’s boot screen Web site, which boasts a nice collection of boot screens.
In the next part of our series around styling Windows Vista, we’ll show you how to customize the entire user interface with a new visual style!
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