~ Windows XP (x86) only (All Bootscreens are tested on an up-to-date SP3 XP Pro)
~ Languages: all
~ Green, Blue, Red, and Purple Vista-like bootscreens.
~ The ability to patch your kernel with a custom bootscreen
~ The ability to patch your kernel in a XP-CD Source with a custom bootscreen
Sample:TV-Test screen v1.2
Custom "bootscreen": By Kirs
More Bootscreens Here
Bootscreen requests can be made in this topic, perhaps we can realize them.
How-to make your own bootscreen:
To make a custom bootscreen, you'll need an imaging program which can index .bmp's to 4bit (16 colors).
For example you can use "Gimp" (Freeware). Since we used this software, the rest of this tutorial and the steps described below are based on Gimp.
- First, you'll need two sample bitmaps (background & progress bar) which you can later modify. These .bmp files can be obtained by clicking on the "Get BMP's" button in the LBS Patcher or through an sample .lbs file (extract with eg. 7-Zip). You can save them anywhere you like.
- Now, open the .bmp files in Gimp and open the color map (Windows > Dockable dialogs, also see the screenshot below). If you like you can change the colors in the pallet a bit, but you can not add colors. 16 is the maximum! Also the first color has to be black (value: 000000).
- After modifying, you'll have to save the two files. Save the background image as 'BG.bmp' and the progress bar image as 'PB.bmp'. If you have multiple layers, please merge them when saving to keep the correct color pallet. The BG.bmp should have a resolution of 640x480.
- Go to the location where you saved the images and zip the BG.bmp and PB.bmp files together. You can name this file whatever you like, as long as it has this composition: "anyname_boot.zip". (You can zip, rar or 7z the 2 bitmap's and even rename it to"anyname_boot.lbs" if you like, but all will work "anyname_boot.zip, rar,7z")
Now you can select "Custom Bootscreen" in the patcher and locate your "anyname_boot.zip" file!!
auto-change the colors from the 4bit pallet in the kernel to the 4bit color pallet used in the bitmap.
redone all bootscreen bitmaps and hex edited them to make them visible.
added red and purple XPtsp bootscreens
added preview popup window (tnx Dougiefresh)
new way to use custom bootscreens via zipped bitmaps from any provided location.
added checks to make sure correct bitmaps are being used.
added a get sample button.
multi lang support.
The ability to patch your kernel in a XP-CD Source with a custom bootscreen
Added some skins
Some minor error fixes
Fixed bootscreen fade-in at XP start
Major patching speedup
added a button to check for update/bootscreens (navigates to the default browser)
repairs a bug from v2.2
minor script fixes and updates
updated the uninstaller
new setup installer (inno setup)
added checks for kernel Update's or Downgrades (to make a new backup)
(ability to move progress bar up or down.)
GUI support: Dougiefresh
GUI Graphix: Kirs