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Replacing the windows 7 bright and ugly startup screen with something else

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#1 houyhnhnm


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Posted 07 July 2014 - 05:10 PM

I want to change that startup monstrosity and there are plenty of websites that explain how to do it by tweaking

the Registry.  And I understand what they are explaining....no problem there.  Except, at one point, I am told

to go to C:\windows\system32\oboo and make a certain change there.  Except, I do not have "oboo" in system32.

I bought my HP laptop brand new last week and have barely used it.   Why is this missing ?  Any ideas ? 

Thank you in advance

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#2 old rocker

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 05:45 PM

I think you want the oobe folder c:\windows\system32\oobe

#3 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 07:00 PM

There is a file in the called 'background.bmp' in the folder c:\windows\system32\oobe which is the 'Welcome' screen background. If you really wish to replace this then you need an appropriately sized image of your choice, the one in my version of Win 7 is 1024 x 768 pixcels.


I would suggest you create a folder called oobe_old somewhere and copy this file to it. Then delete the file. Rename your image 'background.bmp' - note it needs to be in bitmap format to be certain it will work. A JPEG might work, but there are no guarrantees. Then copy / paste your image into the oobe folder.


Personally I find it quite an attractive image, and it is not visible for very long. But it's your computer, it's your choice.


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