How do I replace the Win 98 screen?

When my PC boots up, we all see the Win 98 display.  This is just a bit map or similar file that is being displayed during this time.  I want to replace it with my own screen.  How do I do this?  Tom
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
One way can be using TweakUi, from the Windows 98 CD under Resource Tools/Power tools:

Open Tweak UI and click the
Boot tab. Deselect Display Splash Screen While Booting, then click Apply or OK.
McDormanAuthor Commented:
Ok, that sounds like it will get rid of the "splash" screen, but can I replace it with a different screen?
Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
Yes ... you mean other than background images, or animated gifs and/or themes?

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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
Was yours a Win95 to 98 upgrade, so you may still have the logo.sys in root?

there are three files which display the splash screens at boot and shut down located on the C: and in C:\windows.  In Win98, the boot file is actually coded into the boot files but you can create a bitmap and save it to C: as logo.sys to change the image.  I'm having trouble with my internet access through the LAN right now and can't find an exact link for you but if you go to and search for splash screens, you will find how-to's on the subject.  
Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
Good, 1cell, that was my thinking as well when I reflected the logo.sys info and believe it was also something I found at the Win98 Annoyances under the customization options.  Per this link, their instructions included:

Replace the Ugly Startup and Shutdown Screens

The pictures that tell you to "Please wait while Windows is shutting down" and that "It is now safe to turn off your computer" seem to get uglier with ever successive version of Windows. Here's how to replace these with your own designs:

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:\). Note: If you're using disk compression, like Stacker or Doublespace, you'll need to put the file in the original boot drive (sometimes H:\).

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To remove the startup logo altogether, edit the file C:\MSDOS.SYS, and add the line LOGO=0 to the Options section. Note: This will only work, for some reason, if you have a custom startup screen in your root directory. For more information, see Contents of the Windows 98 MSDOS.SYS File. This setting can also be changed with TweakUI, one of Microsoft's PowerToys.

Note: If you delete LOGOW.SYS and LOGOS.SYS altogether, Windows 98 will exit to DOS instead of shutting down (more information).

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:\).

Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
Please do connect to the link and check the additional hyperlinks since when we did this (modified logo.sys) ran into problems and they have some cautions posted as well.

That's it from me, off to meeting.

Tom, this is the procedure that OEM's follow to modify the startup splash screen. If you don't have the OEM version of Win98 along with its floppy you won't have Oemstamp.exe, but you can work around this by just creating a new file and name it as noted or by modifying the original as you need to.


During an OEM preinstallation of Windows 9x, one might want to test the
appearance of the System Properties and Startup Screen logos.
To test the Startup Screen logo, please follow the procedure detailed below:
1. Create a Logo.bmp file according to the Startup Screen logo specifications.
   The Preinstallation Guide specifies the Startup Screen logo should be 156 x
   22 pixels, 256 colors.
2. Run Oemstamp.exe. This file is under your Wizard folder of the reference
   computer. The syntax for this command is:
   Oemstamp logo.bmp
3. This creates the Logo.sys file under the directory in which you ran
4. If it exists, rename the \Logo.sys file; for example, Logo.old.
5. Copy the new Logo.sys file, which you created, to \Logo.sys.
6. Click Start, Shutdown, select Restart, and click OK to reboot the reference
   You should be able to see your logo on the startup screen when the machine
7. Once you have tested your Startup Screen logo, delete the \Logo.sys file.
   Rename Logo.old file as Logo.sys, if it exists.
For modifying the Startup Screen logo on the target machine, please follow steps
1-3 above on the reference or other computer. Steps 4-6 should be done on the
target machine in audit mode.
To test the System Properties logo, please follow the procedure detailed below:
1. If your reference machine contains an OEM release of Windows 95 or 98 which
   was preinstalled, then rename the Oemlogo.bmp present under the
   C:\Windows\System folder. For example, You could rename it to
   If your reference machine runs Windows 95 or Windows 98, which was not
   preinstalled, then please do the following:
2. Open Notepad and type in the following where <somename> denotes your
   company name:
3. Save the file as "Oeminfo.ini" (with the quotation marks) under the
   C:\Windows\System Folder.
4. Create a System Properties logo file according to the specifications. The
   Preinstallation Guide specifies the System Properties logo to be 96 x 96
   (small fonts), or 120 x 120 (large fonts), 256 colors.
5. Save this file as Oemlogo.bmp under the C:\Windows\System folder.
   You can now check the appearance of your System Properties logo by opening
   Control Panel, and double-clicking the System icon.
6. Delete the new Oemlogo.bmp file and rename the Oemlogo_old.bmp file as
   Oemlogo.bmp, if it exists.
To Modify the System Properties logo:
1. Copy the OEMlogo.bmp file under the C:\Windows\System folder of your target
2. Click Yes if prompted to replace the existing file.
   You can now check how the new logo appears.

yup, that's the link.  My DNS server is down and I couldn't get it.
McDorman, you might like to try a useful application that will do most of the work for you.  The app is called, appropriately, WinLogoChanger, and you can download it free by going to  I am using it quite successfully with Win98. You can browse for your own pictures, and this  app will do the resizing for you. It's easy to use. Be aware, however, that when the picture is again expanded from 320x400 to 800x600 (for a 17-inch screen), for example, you will lose some color sharpness and definition.

I hope this helps.  Slimjim

I don't know why Microsoft stores these logo screens as 320x400; possibly this dates from the early times of small storage capacity on the hard disks, so they take less space.
You can surf
for more infomation about customizing windows startup screen.

Steps for changing startup screen.
1. Click START menu and then Files and Folders. Find logo.sys
2. Copy that file(original) to anywhere where it can be stored safely if one day you wished to change back to the original one. Then replace this file with your desired one, one that is also of the same name, logo.sys. Hopefully this file is downloaded from a website.

Then everything is done. If you wished to have some logo.sys files from me, you can leave your email address here.

Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
Sorry, Hongjun.  By repeating other people's recommendations as your answer is not appropriate here.

Please correct.
McDormanAuthor Commented:
Hongjun, yes, a proposed answer was already submitted.  It is better to send comments, then allow the user to decide which person should submit their answer.  I will be back in a week and will evaluate the changes.  Tom
Go to

search for Logo Manager.

Its very cool program to manage startup screens and also includes a logo animator and the best off all it's free.
I think this is what you are looking for.

A program which will do what you are asking is TweakAll, available from  It does a lot of other things too!, but makes changing the startup and shutdown screens easy.
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McDormanAuthor Commented:
Several great answers.  Dennis, submit your comment as an answer and that will close this question.  I will issue other points to those who also gave really good answers.  Tom
Thanks Tom, I'll refer to the above then!

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McDormanAuthor Commented:
Accepting Dewassociates answer, although othes make great suggestions as well.  I'm in the process of evaluating the various means.  I needed to keep activity going on this question or answer it as it was auto deleted due to no activity.  I will grant points to others who also helped.  Stay tuned!  Tom
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