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Change the Picture That Appears on the XP Startup Screen

You’re not stuck with XP’s default splash logo on the startup screen; use any picture or logo of your choosing.

One of the nice things about XP is how malleable it is. Don’t like the way it looks? No problem; change it. Take my splash screen, please!

Warning

The techniques in this hack work only with versions of XP before SP2. If you have SP2, they won’t work, and they could harm your system. If you have SP2 and want to change your boot screen, your best bet is to use downloadable software, such as Style XP from Tgtsoft at http://www.tgtsoft.com/download.php.

Many people, myself included, would prefer to see a more interesting splash screen (also called the startup screen) than the default gives you on startup. You can change your splash screen to any of hundreds that have been created, or make one of your own—for example, with your picture or company logo on it.


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