Which file is the black XP boot-screen with the blue bar?

By RealBlackStuff ยท 4 replies
Sep 16, 2005
  1. Which file is displayed at bootup in XP Pro?
    (black background, with the blue 'rolling' bar)
    I've seen some (like mine) that only say: XP (but it is XP Pro).
    Others say: XP Professional.
    Is it just a .BMP or what?
  2. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 648

    Its been a long time since I've tried meddling with boot up screens. But if I recall correctly, its a 256 color bmp embedded in the ntoskrnl.exe. To modify it you need a hex/resource editor.
  3. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 648

    A google search brought up BootXP.net. Looks like a streamlined editing tool for the kernel file.
  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 6,452

    Found out that applying XP SP2 wipes the word 'Professional' from the opening screen.
    The SP2-CD can be used for any type of XP, so must be neutral.
    I don't want to mess with the ntoskrnl program (in which that screen is hidden), so I'll leave it for now.
    Thanks for putting me on the right track.
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,544   +427

    Yep PanicX is right, it is a file inside an exe that you need a hex editor to play with.

    I too was disappointed when I lost the "Professional" after SP2.
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