You do not need any program to do non-animated startup and shutdown screens. You can do them manually. To do it the old fashioned way, or if the XrX version 2 doesn't work right on your system, read this beginning section and then click here to begin. If you want to animate your screens, and make your life easier, download the very small XRX Add Bar freeware program here. The version 2 beta allows you to work with all standard image formats and doesn't require you to reduce the colors yourself. The beta is VERY easy to use. If the beta doesn't work on your system, then version 1 instructions and screenshots are included in the link above..
Just a little info before you begin... Windows will only allow animation of the startup screen, so don't put a bar on your shutdown screens. Here is the naming scheme:
logo.sys (startup screen that can be animated located in C:\)
logow.sys (waiting for shutdown in C:\Windows)
logos.sys (shutdown complete in C:\Windows)
After you create your screens, there is another freeware program called LogoZip that will create a very professional installer and help file. These will NOT work with XP or ME. It will also allow users to uninstall the logo screen when run again. To download the very small LogoZip program, click on the icon below. A LogoZip tutorial follows the animation tutorial.
XRX Add Bar Version 2
Once you have downloaded the XRX Add Bar 2 program, here are the steps for making your screens.
That's all there is to it! If you want to create an installer for your logo screens, download the LogoZip program.
Creating an Installer
The LogoZip program not only creates a very professional installer, but running the program again will restore the users original logo files (before they installed your screens). It also creates a Windows help file. Together with the XrX program, you have two very powerful and FREE utilities! Remember that these created files will not work with XP or ME.