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Windows Startup and Shutdown Screens

You can replace the Windows startup and shutdown screens with your own Blade Runner designs.

Here are the instructions for installing and creating your own startup/shutdown screens. These are an edited version of the instructions found on and are intended for Windows 95/98/ME.

  • Make duplicates of the files LOGOS.SYS and LOGOW.SYS in a temporary folder. These files are located initially in your Windows folder. LOGOW.SYS is the one that reads "Please wait while...," and LOGOS.SYS is the one that reads "It is now safe to...,"
  • These files are just standard bitmaps, so rename the extensions of these duplicates to .BMP.
  • You can use any graphics editor to edit these files, such as MSPaint, Photoshop, or Paint Shop Pro.
  • The files are 256-color windows bitmaps (RGB-encoded, but not RGB color), 320 x 400.
  • Since the aspect ratio (width / height) of these files are not standard 4:3, like most computer screens, the bitmaps will appear vertically elongated.
  • To make your new design conform to this aspect ratio, resize the bitmap to 534 x 400 while you're working on it. Make sure to resize them back to 320 x 400 when you're done.
  • Save your changes, and rename the extensions of your new files back to .SYS.
  • Last, copy the new files back into your Windows folder. It might be smart to back up your original files.
  • While you're at it, you can create a startup screen as well (using the above method).
  • Just call the file LOGO.SYS, and place it in the root directory of your boot drive (usually C:\). There's no file to replace here; the default logo, imbedded in IO.SYS, is used if no LOGO.SYS file is found. Note: If you're using disk compression, like Doublespace, you'll need to put the file in the original boot drive (sometimes H:\).
  • Note: If you delete LOGOW.SYS and LOGOS.SYS altogether, Windows will exit to DOS instead of shutting down.
  • Note: Some users have reported that the machine reboots instead of shutting down when these logos are replaced. If this happens to you, make sure the bitmaps are not corrupted, and using no more than 256 colors.
  • Note: If you're using DriveSpace or another disk compression utility, and want to create your own startup screen (as described above), make sure you put LOGO.SYS in the root directory of your host drive (which may not be drive C:\).

After downloading the bitmaps don't forget to rename them as indicated by the brackets.
Ahenobarb (October 2002)

The startup screen is an animation of the opening scene from the movie with animated fire from the refineries.
Startup 1
Shutdown 1
Shutdown 1
Shutdown 2
Shutdown 2
Richard Gunn (October 2002)

I liked the idea of the startup and shutdown screens, so I took Ahenobarb's idea and created alternative shutdowns.
Shutdown 1
Shutdown 1
Shutdown 2
Shutdown 2

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