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How to change or delete the startup screen
Author: Craig "hachiroku" Mercer
Date Created:2001-11-06
Operating System(s):Windows Logo imageWindows NT 4.0

You can eliminate the startup screen by renaming winnt.bmp and winnt256.bmp files to winnt.old and winnt256.old. You can also use your own BMP files by naming them winnt.bmp and winnt256.bmp. You also can use RegEdit to change the name of the file you want to use as a startup screen.

Usual warnings about messing with the Registry apply!!!!!

With RegEdit (or whatever editor you use) Find:
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\ControlPanel\Desktop. In the right pane locate Wallpaper and double-click it to open the Edit String dialog box. The current value is most likely Default. Change it to the BMP file you want to use and click OK. Now choose Registry, Exit to close RegEdit. Restart the computer and your new startup screen will appear.

If you do NOT want a startup screen, just delete Default in the Edit String dialog box and click OK. Now close RegEdit as described.

The Usual Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Use the information provided at your own risk.