How to change the Server 2008 R2 boot screen?

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Myrrh, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. Myrrh

    Myrrh MDL Expert

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    Simple issue:

    Windows 7 has the nice four-color pulsating windows logo
    Windows Server 2008 R2 has the lame Vista/2008 progress bar

    Since they are the same build, seems there might be a way to make Server 2008 use the nice boot screen instead of the lame one?
     
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  2. frwil

    frwil MDL Addicted

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    Try this:
    bcdedit /set BOOTUX STANDARD

    Also check if there's bootres.dll in system32 folder at all.
     
  3. Myrrh

    Myrrh MDL Expert

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    #3 Myrrh, Sep 21, 2009
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    Interesting...

    Close but no cigar, as they say. Googling "BOOTUX" was helpful and found this: http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/9236 and not much else. Apparently BOOTUX is undocumented.

    This is what I did:
    - grabbed a copy of bootres.dll from a Win7 client machine and put it on the test server, since it does not exist in 2008R2 system32 folder.
    - reboot
    - bcdedit /set BOOTUX STANDARD
    - reboot
    - bcdedit /set GRAPHICSRESOLUTION 1024X768
    - reboot
    - bcdedit /set {current} BOOTUX STANDARD
    - reboot
    - bcdedit /set {current} GRAPHICSRESOLUTION 1024X768
    - reboot

    This is what happens:
    - The "Starting Windows" appears but without the animated logo
    - After a few seconds this is replaced with the scrolling progress bar
    - Windows boots normally

    This started at the first reboot (after adding bootres.dll) and the other things did not change anything. I thought maybe it was the specific boot entry that was causing it, hence the bcdedits on {current}.
     
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  4. frwil

    frwil MDL Addicted

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    Interesting experience. So R2 doesn't have bootres.dll at all? Did you take the file from Win7 x64? What about it in syswow64 folder? Looks like R2 doesn't "catch" copied bootres.dll for some reason... There's also mui file(s) bootres.dll.mui in corresponding subfolders. probably they also should be copied.
     
  5. Myrrh

    Myrrh MDL Expert

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    Ah yes, that was it.

    I had copied bootres.dll but not en-US\bootres.dll.mui - that appears to do the trick.

    I just tried copying only those two files to an otherwise clean machine, that indeed is the correct procedure and none of the other steps are needed.
     
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  6. Quadsurfer

    Quadsurfer MDL Novice

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    Windows 7?

    Has anyone had success with changing the actual image used in 7? I am working on this process but not having alot of success yet.
     
  7. queuebert

    queuebert MDL Novice

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    ESET NOD32 Business Edition works for me.
     
  8. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    I am 100% positive that this one is NOT FREE !!!
    Next time read the question!

    sebus