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Boot screen of Ubuntu Karmic Koala v9.10
Bootsplash - graphics combined with scrolling boot messages in Knoppix.

Bootsplash is a term for a graphical representation of the boot process of the operating system.

Bootsplash can be a simple visualisation of the scrolling boot messages in the console, but it can also present graphics or some combinations of both.

Unlike splash screens, bootsplash is not necessarily designed for marketing purposes, but can be to enhance the experience of the user as eye candy, or provide the user with messages (with an added advantage of color-coding facility) to diagnose the state of the system.

Windows boot screen[edit]

All versions of Microsoft Windows feature a boot screen, which is loaded during the startup process. With extra, third-party utilities, it is possible to replace the default Windows boot screen with custom images, text, and/or animations. In Windows Vista, it is also possible to replace the default boot screen with the alternative "Aurora" boot screen (which does not feature graphical animation)[1] or a scrolling text information about files being loaded.
In Windows 7, the change of the boot screen, although possible through third-party utilities, is extremely risky and may cause the system to be unable to boot. Also the hidden "Aurora" bootscreen was removed.

Linux boot screens[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Splash screen – an image that appears while a computer program is loading


Further reading[edit]