Subscriber Terry Stevens wrote to ask for help solving an earlier change to his Windows installation. Unfortunately, he didn’t mention which version of Windows he as using (almost always a helpful piece of information)…
Last winter I downloaded a Christmas theme from Kim Komando; however, her themes also add a decorative screen to the first screen that appears when I boot up. So for nine months I have seen "Christmas" on my desktop upon booting up (my regular desktop is different).
How do I change the Christmas boot up screen back to the blue screen that it was before?
I wrote back to Terry to say that, obviously, it can be done. However, it’s not trivial task. I did some searching but have not found any free utilities that will change the Windows splash screen.
The procedures usually involve either editing Windows configuration files or editing the Windows Registry, depending on which version of Windows you’re using.
If you want to pursue this, try doing a Google search for
change windows splash screen
You should get better results if you specify the version of Windows — Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, etc rather than just Windows in the search term. That’s almost always true. I would search with respect to the specific version of Windows first, and then drop back to just "Windows" if the specific search didn’t find my solution.
Terry wrote back to report:
Great advice, Terry! I wasn’t aware of the correct name for that screen and when I Googled it, was able to go into the Registry to fix the problem. I am running Windows XP and FYI this is what I did:
1. Start Run type REGEDIT
2. HKEY USERS\DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop
3. Opened up "Wallpaper" and type in the full path of an image and the filename (now this is where I had to guess as to what to do — I didn’t want a replacement image, I just wanted the blue screen so I deleted the last section of the path.)
Thanks for giving me direction!