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Thread: Help - boot screen changed




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    For no apparent reason my Windows bootscreen has changed to a blue screen with IBM OS2 Warp graphic. Everything then boots as normal into my login screen and then into XP Pro. I have never knowingly changed the boot screen and have no idea where this graphic has come from. Any clues ? I've run adaware / mcafee virus all with latest updates and nothing has been found that looks like this. The system works fine, but its a bit annoying. Also got all the latest updates from Microsoft. Help ! :(

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    does anyone else have acess to the computer.
    it sounds like someone has used a program like logonUIbootrandomiser to change the boot screen to the different one your seeing
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    My wife does, but she's not technical and does not load any programs - just uses email and internet. There are loads of alternative boot screens out there, but the designers often give a health warning regarding their use and the possibility of corrupting boot.ini

    Does anyone know where the graphic for windows boot screen is stored ? I can maybe see if its been altered.....

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    its stored in ntoskrnl.exe or someting like that. the best way to return it to normal would be to get logonui boot randomiser (avalable from http://www.belchfire.net/~userxp/ ) and see if you can return the boot screen to default.
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    Thanks - I'll tinker around and see if I can come up with a better boot screen anyway ! :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by waldo
    Thanks - I'll tinker around and see if I can come up with a better boot screen anyway ! :wink:
    i suggest going to www.themexp.org if you want a new boot screen.
    they also have a large selection of logon screens, desktops and visual themes
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    AAAARGGHHH

    OK - I've changed the bootscreen and NO effect. I still get this totally blue screen with the OS2 WARP logo on it- no progress bar until it goes to my login screen. What is the OS running here - it doesnt appear to be NTOSKRNL....

    How can I find the graphic embedded within NTOSKRNL to check if its been corrupted ?

    Here is the graphic which I get when loading (found on an OS2 website)

    Well that didn't seem to upload - here's the link
    http://toastytech.com/guis/os24_boot.gif

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    Think I've tracked it down - it appears theres an old program called Bootskin on my system which I had thought I had never used - the OS2 warp boot screen is in there, but it apperas disabled - looks like it has overwritten the default - I'm on the case now..

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    I used to change my bootscreens by messing with ntoskrnl.exe.

    It must be changed in Safe Mode, however, to be effective. Give that a try and see if it works.

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