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How To Change Windows XP Set Up Look

Whenever you intall Windows XP and installation starts, a boring blue screen appears and your installation continues.

Is'nt that really a boring screen ?? But what if I say you can change this all to your own screen and text. :d !!

Yes it is possible !! See this screenshot of the hacked version of Windows setup ;

So hows the new look ???

In this post I am going to tell you that how you can add your own images and text. So lets start.

Requirements :

For this tutorial you will need 4 things :

1) Windows XP CD
2) Resource Hacker : You will get it in the next of my post.
3) Winrar : Google is you can get it easliy.
3) The image you want to replace

Now lets start :

>> This hack requires a little knowledge about Resource Hacker. If you are new to it just read this tutorial on All About Resource Hacker.

>> Now I start this tutorial thinking that you know the basics of Resource Hacker.

>>Just download the Resource Hacker and insert your XP CD into your CD ROM.

>>Now search for the Winntbbu.dll file in it. If you do not find it then search for WINNTBBU.DL_

>>When you find this file open it with Winrar it and extract Winntbbu.dll from it.

>>Now in Resource Hacker open that Winntbbu.dll file.

>>Now in the left hand side panel go to Bitmap >> 103 >> 1033

>>Right click on 1033 and replace it with your image.

Note : Make sure that your image should be in .bmp format

For help see this screenshot :

>>If you want to change the text you can change it by going to String Table

Just go to String Table and click on 1 and change the text you want and then click on Compile Script. This way you can change all your text from 1 to 63

See this screenshot, how I changed the text :

Before changing the text :

After changing the text :

>>Now save the file.

>>Now the saved file is in .dll format and we have to change it to .DL_

>> So to change it we again require Winrar.

>>Now right click on the file and select add to archive... and change the name from Winntbbu.rar to Winntbbu.DL_ and click OK.

See this screenshot for help :

Now replace Winntbbu.DL_ in your CD with this file and make a bootable CD. And from now when you will install Windows your new image will be displayed as background.

If you do not know how to make a bootable CD, read this post on how to make a bootable CD


Good work. Lets wait for the resource hacker and then maybe ill try it :)


well i dun really mind d blue screen

i suggest u post more about vista

neway nice dat u always have something new 2 share

keep posting

plz tell me in details how can i change the text in string table. Thnx

hello gagan i like ur blog template plz send me this template on my email ID .

@ Chetan Soni

I updated this article and explained about changing the string table !!

the best customization is offerd by WinntbbuED_3.1.exe
you can modify :
-billboard text & colours
-animation pictures and colours
-step text& colours

To modify all step text, use ResTuner, and open syssetup.dll (I386 folder).It is a 30 days trial program, but works fine

@ Attila

ur method is also gud !! But I love Resource Hacker, as it is a freeware as very easy to use !!

hey i have a question, i successfully created compatible bitmaps for the winntbbu.dll but i have a problem replacing the 103 and 153 bitmaps... i encounter this error:

Access violation at address 00402791 in module "ResHacker.exe". Write of address 024D0000

i need your help!!

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