Click on Start, Run, type in boot.ini
& hit Enter (Should this fail manually locate & open the boot.ini
in your bootable partition).
Find the line with Microsoft Windows
2000 Professional in it. It should appear something like this - multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft
Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect.
To disable the logo add the
following command to it /noguiboot. A space should be left before
adding this in, i.e. after modifying that entry it should appear as follows (Or
similar) multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows
2000 Professional" /fastdetect /noguiboot. NOTE - This will also
disable any error messages from appearing while loading Windows 2000 also, e.g.
if a Hardware device causes a STOP error you will not be able to see what is
on Start, Run type in msconfig & hit Enter. Now
select the BOOT.INI tab. This tab contains a few bootup minimizing
Timeout. This setting specifies how many seconds a
list of Operating Systems are displayed before loading the default one.
This setting is only of any use if you are Dual-Booting (Or greater) Windows XP
with some other Operating System & have XP selected as the default
Operating System to load. Reduce/Increase this value as you feel
/NOGUIBOOT. Ticking this option will disable
displaying the Windows XP logo during bootup, which should improve loading time
slightly, which is highly recommended. NOTE
- This will also disable any error messages from appearing while loading
Windows, e.g. if a Hardware device causes a STOP error you will not be able to
see what is causing it.
You should ignore the Services tab. Should you
wish to not have Services loading then check the Windows
XP Services Guide for more detailed information.
Now select the Startup tab.
bootup time Untick all unnecessary
items listed here.
A good listing of Programs that may appear
here can be found at this
page. This should help you decide on what else you can Untick if you
aren’t too sure about some of them. Once you have finished this select Apply
then hit Ok. You will need to Reboot your system for any changes
to take effect.
To remove disabled items completely
from msconfig, click on Start, Run, type in regedit
& hit Enter. Open the following registry key, [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared
Expanding the startupreg folder will reveal a further listing of folders
which will be named after items in the System Configuration Utility.
these folders will remove the item altogether from being displayed (& also disable
the Msconfig reminder appearing after Windows XP has loaded). You should do this
only after you have verified you don’t require the item to be launched