It’s nearly Windows XP’s tenth birthday—and time for a facelift! In a short blog post series, we will show you how to give the aging operating system a refreshed appearance, with a new boot screen, changed visual style and beautiful logon screen.
You will be able to give your standard Windows XP desktop design a sleek, new look. (In the coming weeks, the TuneUp Blog team will also show you how to style Windows Vista and 7.) Note: We will stay as far away from performance-draining, optical effects and warn you about any impact the style changes might have on your PC’s overall speed.
Let’s find out how to easily customize Windows XP’s boot screen which still tells you that you are starting the respective operating system.
The above logo can be changed to a more colorful boot screen, for example, Se7en Raptor Boot NT (pictured below). Thousands of interesting designs are available online—our other favorite boot screens include:
How can I change the boot screen?
The easiest way is to use TuneUp Styler, which is part of TuneUp Utilities (get a 15-day trial here). Otherwise, you would have to manually change an important file that is required for Windows XP to boot—and that is a risk you shouldn’t take!
- Have you installed TuneUp Utilities? Good—start TuneUp Styler by clicking on “Boot screen” in the “Customize Windows” category. Then click on the “Add” screen.
- Click on “Load boot screen from a file”, and select the downloaded boot screen. We downloaded the “3d Leaf” boot screen, for example, and selected the “3d_Leaf_by_Dj_Maz” file.Note: Some boot screens may come in BMP, JPG, PNG, EXE, or BOOTSCREEN formats; TuneUp Styler can work with any of these. In case you get a RAR or ZIP file, use WinRAR to extract the boot screen.
- You should then see a preview of the boot screen, and hit “Apply” to select the boot screen of your choice.
- Restart your computer to check out the new appearance.
Where can I find boot screen, logon, and other visual styles for my PC?
There are a number of amazing Web sites that focus on Windows customization. The TuneUp Blog team recommends DeviantArt and its boot screen collection; we’ve also linked to a couple of other options below.
Next up in Part 2—learn how to customize Windows XP’s entire user interface and give it a new visual style!
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