How to Change Windows Vista Boot Screen

Posted by Mayank on January 22, 2013 in How To,Windows

Tired of seeing the same old Windows Vista logo every time you start Windows Vista? It is time to get creative and remove the old Windows Vista logo with anyone you want – for free! Whether you want to create your own personalized boot screen or use a graphic you found one – it is possible to replace Windows Vista logo with the same.

You should create or find a 1024×768 pixel image and save it also in 800×600 pixel image and it is essential that the images are in 24-bit bmp format. (Tip – If you can not create one, just do a Google search for the image you want with the above parameters, for example: Do a Google Search for John Cena+1024×768+24-bit .bmp and scan the results for one which best meets your wish. Note that a .jpg graphic will also work because you can have Internet Explorer save it as a .bmp).

Download and save both the 1024×768 and 800×600 images on your computer. Next you need to run the free Vista Boot Logo Generator. You can install the free Vista Boot Logo Generator tool on your computer.

Follow the following easy steps to change your Windows Vista Boot Screen

  1. Click each of the “Browse for image” buttons and select your two graphics. Now you need to save the file to any location on your hard disk. You will notice that the images are saved in a single file called winload.exe.mui.
  2. Once the file is saved, copy it to C:\Windows\System32\en-US. Backup or Rename the original winload.exe.mui file in this folder and replace it with the new one you created just now.
  3. Now run the MSCONFIG utility by typing MSCONFIG in the Search box or at the command prompt and press Enter. Click the Boot tab, select “No GUI boot,” and click OK.
  4. Restart Windows and you’ll see your new boot screen instead of the old and boring Windows Vista Boot Screen.


Based on the security settings in your computer, you’re likely to encounter a few hiccups. How to overcome those is explained here.

  • Whenever you run MSCONFIG to make a system change, it configures itself to run automatically on the next reboot. MSCONFIG requires administrative privileges due to which, it can’t start automatically, and you’re likely to get a notification that “Windows has blocked some startup programs.” Click the blocked startup program icon in the notification area, choose the System Configuration Utility, and let it run. You’ll get a dialog window explaining that you’ve made changes to your startup confi guration (and you can also tell MSCONFIG to stop showing this message at startup).
  • Windows Vista may not allow you to overwrite the winload.exe.mui, file and give you a permission error instead. And even if you don’t get an error, when you restart Windows, you might not see your new boot screen. If either of those things
    happens to you, follow this below steps:
  1. Go to DOS prompt by typing cmd at the Search box, and press Ctrl-Shift-Enter. Then type the following and press Enter:
    takeown /f C:\Windows\System32\en-US\winload.exe.mui
    You’ll get a message that you now have ownership of C:\Windows\System32\en-US\winload.exe.mui.
  2. Next, type the following at the command prompt (where yourname is your username), and press Enter:
    cacls C:\Windows\System32\en-US\winload.exe.mui /G yourname:F
  3. Press Y to proceed and press Enter. You’ll see something like this:
    processed file: C:\Windows\System32\en-US\winload.exe.mui
    You can now go ahead and copy winload.exe.mui to C:\Windows\System32\en-US, and then proceed as explained earlier.

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