Windows Vista Tips And Tricks

Enable Hidden (Aurora) BootScreen in Windows Vista

The Windows Vista BootScreen is, well, pretty "blah". Why Microsoft decided to hide a nicer boot screen (called "Aurora" - and I no, I don't know why it's called that) that can easily be enabled by anyone - is beyond me, only those with knowledge more vast than that stored in my humble storehouse of knowledge knows. Those guys at Microsoft are strange sometimes. But, at least, they recognized that someone was going to figure out how to get to the better BootScreen eventually. It didn't take long, did it? Now from the dungeons of arcane knowledge I submit to you this tip to enable the better BootScreen that Microsoft, for reasons known only to them, has decided to hide by default.

  1. Press the Windows Key + R and type MSCONFIG - then press Enter.

  2. If User Account Control prompts you to allow the action, click on Continue to proceed.

  3. In the "System Configuration" window, click on the Boot tab.

  4. Select your Windows Vista installation and under "Boot options", check "No GUI boot". Press OK.

  5. In the dialog that appears, check "Don’t show this message again", and then click on Restart.

  6. Your computer will now reboot, and you will see the Aurora boot screen with text that says "Starting Windows Vista".

Caveat time: You may get a "Windows Defender" error the next time you start your computer. To get rid of it, enable the System Config utility using the tray icon and the error will disappear.


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