Create your own custom boot splash screen
Previously, I posted about how to change the default Windows XP boot splash screen. I also mentioned that I would do a tutorial on creating your own boot splash screen. This can be done fairly easily and I will demonstrate below. If you would prefer to work from the splash screen above feel free to download mine and modify it. Boot splash screens are simply compressed (zipped) files with the extension changed from .zip to .bootskin. If you download mine just rename it to codejacked.zip and extract it.
1. The first thing you need to do is download BootSkin which will allow you to change the boot splash screen on Windows XP.
Download link: BootSkin via Softpedia.com
2. The second step is create your own boot splash screen. The parameters for creating a boot splash screen are simple, but rigid. Your image must be 640 x 480 pixels and it must also be saved as a 16 color bitmap (.bmp extension).
You can crop an image and save it as a 16 color bitmap using Paint, shown below:
3. After creating your own 640 x 480 pixel image saved as a 16 color bitmap, you must create a “bootskin.ini” file. The bootskin.ini file must include the text below (download my bootskin.ini file if you would prefer):
Author= “Kyle Pott via CodeJacked.com”
Description = “bootskin”
ProgressBarX = 244
ProgressBarY = 248
ProgressBarWidth = 150
4. The bootskin.ini file is pretty simple. As you can see you can add a progress bar to your splash screen and choose the width and location of your progress bar. If you decide to make a progress bar it must be bitmap as well.
5. The last step is to put your image, and bootskin.ini file into a compressed file and rename the extension from .zip to .bootskin and click the newly created file. BootSkin will launch and you can preview and apply your newly created boot splash screen.