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Change Startup/Shutdown Logos


Question:
How do I install the extra logo files found in a number of theme packages?


Answer:
Most likely, the first thing you will need to do is back up or rename your older logo files for future use. There are 3 files you will need to rename if you wish to back them up. Here are the locations:

C:\logo.sys
C:\windows\logos.sys
C:\windows\logow.sys

Rename these files to:

C:\logo.backup
C:\windows\logos.backup
C:\windows\logow.backup

Now simply move the newer logo files into these directories to take the place of the logo files you just renamed.

Note: These files must be 127k logo files with the following names in order to work:

logo.sys
logow.sys
logos.sys


Question:
I've searched the root directory and the windows directory but cannot find the logo files to replace. How do I install new logo files?


Answer:
Microsoft has made a few sneaky changes and this one is actually for the better. Don't worry about the original logo files. Lets just say they are protected. Just place your new logo files in the root directory and the windows directory locations.

C:\logo.sys
C:\windows\logos.sys
C:\windows\logow.sys

If you should ever desire to see the original logos again, just delete the logos you've added and the originals will automatically be restored.



Question:
How do I change my logo screens back to the originals?


Answer:
You should have backed up the originals before overwriting theme in the first place. However, hindsight is 20/20 and we all make mistakes. Some installation programs don't even back up the original logo files before overwriting them. In either case, you will need to extract the original logo files from your Windows 9x/ME CD with the cab file extractor in WinZip or download them here.

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