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Boot Screen dilemma

Is! it really worth it to change the boot screen on a laptop PC? I have heard s o many horror stories of people trying to change BIOS or system 32 and then having their motherboard become a victim of lack of computer knowledge. If it is worth it, what is the best program to use? (Stardock, Belchfire,???) Also, what EXACTLY do you type or click to change the boot screen safely? Should I make a back up of the original boot sequence that came with my laptop? Really at sorts with what to do with this!

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"Personal Choice."

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While my thoughts are to not bother with it and just use the machine once it boots, some need to see the fleeting image to be just so.

With every tweak we do, we incur a little risk. Since I like stable, I do very few tweaks.


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Stardock's Bootskin...

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Although you can edit your settings manually, you risk screwing up your computer. Thus, I recommend the free Stardock program Bootskin. It's small, efficient, and practically fail-safe. Unlike other programs, it doesn't modify Windows in any way, so there is minimal risk of anything going wrong. Plus, the WinCustomize site offers almost 2,000 free boot skins to choose from. I've installed this program on several computers running Windows XP with no problems.

However, as Stardock notes: ''Some drivers and bios makers ''break the rules'' which can cause BootSkin to not work correctly. If you experience that, you can remove BootSkin by deleting \windows\system32\drivers\vidstub.sys. And then try one these alternative versions: BootSkin 1.02 or BootSkin 1.03.''

Hope this helps,

P.S. If you would like to change your logon screen as well, check out LogonStudio. Again, there is some risk involved, but it is minimal, as this program also avoids editing/replacing critical Windows components.

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