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You can turn off the splash screen or exchange the corporate splash screen to get something more pleasing than a Microsoft or hardware vendor logo. Microsoft's Tweak UI utility for Windows makes turning off the screen easy. Select Start, Settings, Control Panel, and double-click Tweak UI. Click the Boot tab, uncheck "Display splash screen while booting", and click OK.
If you don't have Tweak UI, then you edit msdos.sys. Select Start, Programs, MS-DOS Prompt. In the MS-DOS window, type attrib -r -s -h c:\msdos.sys (use hyphens for the dashes and make sure to leave a space in front of each one), and then press Enter. Next, type notepad c:\msdos.sys. After you press Enter, msdos.sys will come up in Notepad. If the line "Logo=1" is there, change it to Logo=0. If it isn't there, add the line Logo=0 just below the line that reads "[Options]". Save the file and close Notepad. In the DOS window, type attrib +r +s +h c:\msdos.sys (the same as the first command, only with plus signs instead of hyphens), and press Enter. Close the window.
Changing the logo is harder. In Explorer, go to C:\. Select View, Folder Options (or View, Options); on the View tab, select "Show all files", and click OK. Look for a file called logo.sys; if it's there, rename it something like oldlogo.sys. Go to the graphic program of your choice and create or load the file you want to replace the old logo with. The new file should be a .bmp image file with 256 colors and sized 640 by 400 pixels.
Resize the image to 320 by 400 (Windows' boot process stretches the file horizontally from 320 to 640). If you're using Windows' Paint, select Image, Stretch/Skew; in the Stretch section, for Horizontal, enter 50%, and click OK. When you save the file, name it C:\logo.sys. Now, the next time you boot up, you will see the image of your choice.