Change the Windows XP Boot Graphic

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 10, 2006
Updated • Feb 25, 2014

Don't you hate that boring Windows XP boot screen? Would not it be nice to have a great skin for that screen instead? If you answered the questions with yes Bootskin may be exactly what you are looking for. The freeware makes only temporary changes which means that after uninstallation all settings are back to default value.

There is no use for bootskin if you do not have graphics that you can use. Wincustomize has a bootskin section with more than 3800 bootskins that can be sorted in many ways. The most popular skins for example are listed on the site if you chose downloads overall and Desc from the search field without entering a search term.

The freeware Bootskin is easy to use. At start it displays a list of all available skins and you simply select one from the list with the option to preview the skin and then apply it if you like it.

Update: Bootskin is now also available for the Windows Vista operating system. You can download both versions of the boot graphics changer from the Stardock website.

Update 2: Stardock is making available both the XP and Vista version of Bootskin, but without support or any guarantees. The programs are more or less provided on an as is basis without any guarantees that they are still working. The developers note that the programs are not compatible with Windows 7 or newer versions of the Windows operating system.

The website offers hundreds of bootskins for Windows XP and Windows Vista that users can download from the Stardock website to change the default boot logo and screen to a newly downloaded skin. The company is also making available a pdf user guide that explains how to use install boot skins using the program.

Update 3: Windows 7 users can take a look at the free Windows 7 Boot Screen Editor which offers to change the operating system's boot animation.

Update 4: The software mentioned under update 3 is no longer available. Use the free Windows 7 Boot Updater instead which offers a similar feature set that you can use to change the boot screen logo of your Windows operating system.


Tutorials & Tips

Previous Post: «
Next Post: «


  1. SUMIT AGNIHOTRI said on May 16, 2008 at 4:42 pm


  2. thunder7 said on July 11, 2006 at 11:56 am

    When I first got my New PC it came with “Boot Pirated XP” It rocked. I have a legit copy of XP Corp (nice to have a girlfriend that is a PC tech lol) I had to format my pc and lost the boot skin, been looking everywhere for it.

    I Like these they add that extra touch of custamzation to ones PC.
    I have so far changed my login screen,boot screen, and shut down screen.

    Among many other customazations.
    It makes your “Personal Computer” truelly yours.

  3. gnome said on July 10, 2006 at 6:34 pm

    Never thought of the neccesity, but it’s rather a quirky idea. Guess I’ll give it a try…

  4. chris said on July 10, 2006 at 4:45 pm

    i use bootskin and it works great. you can do a google search to find bootskin you might prefer.

    there is also a program called LogOn, that changes your XP logon screen background. free templates are also available to customize it.

    for WC, i changed the boot and lonon to the semifinalist teams

  5. Luke said on July 10, 2006 at 2:42 pm

    If I remember correctly StyleXP can do this to. :)

Leave a Reply

Check the box to consent to your data being stored in line with the guidelines set out in our privacy policy

We love comments and welcome thoughtful and civilized discussion. Rudeness and personal attacks will not be tolerated. Please stay on-topic.
Please note that your comment may not appear immediately after you post it.