Enable Aurora Bootscreen in Windows Vista

The original Vista Bootscreen is very similar to Windows 2000, and is very bland and boring (you know, with the little catepillar bar scrolling from left-to-right). But did you know that Vista comes with a much better highly visual bootscreen? Did you know how easy it is to enable it? No?

Microsoft may not have enabled this by default because of potential hardware issues, but that doesn't make sense because the minimum video card requirements to even run Vista should handle the new bootscreen without any problem. In either case, here is how to make Vista look that much cooler with the "Aurora" bootscreen...

  1. First start by running msconfig (either from the Run dialog or Start menu search box).
  2. Click on the Boot tab, and then click the "No GUI boot" checkbox. Click OK.

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careful guys....it's troll mating season and all the people with nothing good to say are out and about parking lot pimpin. I didn't know about the tweak either, so its nice to know the small stuff every once in a while.

hey this was on the neowin news even before vista was released, then again sometime after. why are you bumping news posts? xD

Izlude said,
hey this was on the neowin news even before vista was released, then again sometime after. why are you bumping news posts? xD

Because it's one of those cool little tweaks that a LOT of people will have missed but get some pleasure from. Stop being such a spoil sport!

I, for one, did not know this. I think the default Vista bootscreen is lame and I'll be enabling this little trick.

Last I recall, the Windows 2000 startup screen had a real progress bar...indicating real progress in the boot sequence.

(points at Twisted Dave's last comment) Yeah, what he said.

Oh, and to the person who posted this item, thanks. I thought they had removed this after Vista Beta, which I was pretty annoyed about. Didn't realize it was just "disabled" instead. Thanks for the heads up.

lol... everyone here complaining that they knew about it since beta days and that it's not news etc is a flaming raging loser. Geek. Pathetic... sitting at home in your moms basement tweaking your beta versions of linux, windows, macos and lord knows what else. 1) get lives. 2) Shut up moaning. If you only came here to complain, get lost. 3) Some people here like these little tidbits of information... it's hardly taking up a gigabyte of server space or 15 pages of neowin. It's not exactly a waste of space. Shut the hell up. Losers!

Keep in mind if you use this you won't be able to see things like a chkdisk running at boot time or a defraggers boot time defrag. They will run. you just won't be able to see anything on screen.

Definitely not worth using.

I found that out the hard way months ago. Had a chkdsk running for HOURS and thought it might have frozen. The hdd light was still blinking, but all I saw was a black screen. Hard to tell what's going on then.

So, be careful when using this. Might make you think your chkdsk has frozen. :P

already new about it, and with no progress bar (not that it even displays progress, but w/e, animation) its not worth it.

I agree. I've already known about this since vista came out and tried it and it looked like crap. It doesn't even have a progress bar.

Yup, I didn't know it was there, so thank you. Also - not impressed my Neowin eliteists out there. Come on, this site is supposed to be for everyone, not just you smug geek types

Yeah, but this wasn't posted before on other sites, but on Neowin. But sure, just many times on the forums, not on the main page, so it's at least not a dupe.

reech said,
Yup, I didn't know it was there, so thank you. Also - not impressed my Neowin eliteists out there. Come on, this site is supposed to be for everyone, not just you smug geek types ;)

I agree with u %100 and thanks Neowin for the tip ;)

~X

it may "not be news" but still, this is one "news" story that i didnt know about and applied to me as I got vista recently, i mean its not like all the news about how many rpm the new hard drive i cant afford is putting out concerns me so its nice to have some tweaks like this every once in a while which make the vista experience that bit extra cool

I believe the official reason I read why the boot screen was disabled or simplified was that it could add 2-3 seconds to the boot time of some low end systems, and one of MS's goals was to improve boot time for all systems.

Same here. I'll have to enable this on my buddy's computer. I don't have Vista yet, so I'm gonna have to wait.

I don't know why people complain about this on the front page. Really, if it's something you're not interested.. just skip over it and go to the next article. It's not that friggin hard.

Thank you. Got vista recently so I was unaware of this ... hope those "yawn, been known since wheel was invented" comments won't refrain such nice tips in the future.

mrmckeb said,
The point is that it IS NOT NEWS. Even if it was new, it's a very minor and visual only tweak...

Yes, NOT news and not even worth enabling. Just what Vista users need, more bloatware eyecandy.

cork1958 said,

Yes, NOT news and not even worth enabling. Just what Vista users need, more bloatware eyecandy.

this website is called neoWIN for a reason. Covering everything about Windows. Yes, even bloatware eyecandy.
I think the same as you when you say "this is bloatware eyecandy", but I found the article curious and worth-to-be-read, nonetheless.

News news and more news, I can go to the google news for that. I mean, neowin is great because in the middle of the articles you get tips, reviews and other things that actually change the front page and beside who ever said it must be news only? And yes, here it comes: "don't read it if you don't like it" *runs away*

cork1958 said,

Yes, NOT news and not even worth enabling. Just what Vista users need, more bloatware eyecandy.

You F'in TARD....this isn't bloat, it's already in the damn OS...nothing gets downloaded...nothing gets added..you stupid moron. Whats with all the ugly trolls rearing their heads today...is it troll mating season?

+1 since it's been on websites all over for a long time

Edit: And that Adblock Plus redirect on [OC]Modshop is really annoying

Well, how do you expect websites like Neowin to survive if you block all of our "unobtrusive" ads? We are one of the few sites that don't have pop-ups. I guess you expect me to pay you for the privilege of your visiting my website?

Comments like yours really annoy me. We offer a service and in return all we ask is that you help fund to keep that service online.. and I don't mean by sending me $$ out of your own pocket.

Aside from subscriptions and forced pay per view subscriptions (which would never even nearly be enough to cover monthly costs) I'd like to know how else I am expected to keep Neowin online? I'm listening!

The alternative is that we eventually cannot pay for our immense bandwidth bills and 4 servers and we go offline. Then you can screw the next website that fills our void.

BrainDedd said,
+1 since it's been on websites all over for a long time

Edit: And that Adblock Plus redirect on [OC]Modshop is really annoying

use NoScript in Firefox, and don't allow ocmodshop scripts.

Neowin is almost unbearable to surf because of all the retarded ads that pop up when I just move my mouse. Can't even use the navigation buttons because of the ads.

Also, what good are ads if no one clicks on them in the first place?

BrainDedd said,
+1 since it's been on websites all over for a long time

Edit: And that Adblock Plus redirect on [OC]Modshop is really annoying

RichardK said,
BrainDedd said,
+1 since it's been on websites all over for a long time

Edit: And that Adblock Plus redirect on [OC]Modshop is really annoying

use NoScript in Firefox, and don't allow ocmodshop scripts.
You no-good, ungrateful, ignorant sotch. You are lucky I'm not the admin here, or your a$$ would have been banned for these comments. You don't like the unobtrusive ads (and they are! Look at Pronetworks for obtrusive ads! or HoFo) then get lost. We don't need you here.

xiphi said,
Neowin is almost unbearable to surf because of all the retarded ads that pop up when I just move my mouse. Can't even use the navigation buttons because of the ads.

Also, what good are ads if no one clicks on them in the first place?

If you didn't visit porn sites all day, the Neowin Nav Buttons wouldn't be that bad. It is ONLY because people surf porn, warez and hack sites that they have trouble with legit sites. Reinstall Windows, and I almost guarentee you will NOT have these issues.

As for the "tip"... thank you Steven, for reminding me... I was gonna do that but forgot how. I'll do it when Ig et back from the Laundry Mat (yes, you know your addicted to Neowin, when you are doing laundry and checkin' NW *LOL*)

Neobond said,
Well, how do you expect websites like Neowin to survive if you block all of our "unobtrusive" ads? We are one of the few sites that don't have pop-ups. I guess you expect me to pay you for the privilege of your visiting my website?

Comments like yours really annoy me. We offer a service and in return all we ask is that you help fund to keep that service online.. and I don't mean by sending me $$ out of your own pocket.

Aside from subscriptions and forced pay per view subscriptions (which would never even nearly be enough to cover monthly costs) I'd like to know how else I am expected to keep Neowin online? I'm listening!

The alternative is that we eventually cannot pay for our immense bandwidth bills and 4 servers and we go offline. Then you can screw the next website that fills our void.

If you don't click on the advertisements, you aren't supporting anything anyways. So if he is not going to click on them, he might as well block them altogether. Although I do agree with you that websites like neowin cost big money to be kept going, many people using the internet are tired of spam and advertisements all over. We get them on TV enough, in bus stations, on the subway train, in malls, on the highway, on the radio....people are very sick of being sold things everywhere they go. Everyone has the right to do what they want on their computer. If they want to block ads, they can. The internet is the only place people can control what they see. Ads also take up bandwidth and some people have limits on bandwidth consumption. Also, keep in mind that people are basically not kind-hearted and will most of the time look out for themselves and screw over everyone else just to get ahead. Unfortunate but true...

Neobond said,
Well, how do you expect websites like Neowin to survive if you block all of our "unobtrusive" ads? We are one of the few sites that don't have pop-ups. I guess you expect me to pay you for the privilege of your visiting my website?

Comments like yours really annoy me. We offer a service and in return all we ask is that you help fund to keep that service online.. and I don't mean by sending me $$ out of your own pocket.

Aside from subscriptions and forced pay per view subscriptions (which would never even nearly be enough to cover monthly costs) I'd like to know how else I am expected to keep Neowin online? I'm listening!

The alternative is that we eventually cannot pay for our immense bandwidth bills and 4 servers and we go offline. Then you can screw the next website that fills our void.

You do realize the people are what make this site. You simply run it. It's not a privilege, it's a service; one that you provide out of your own interest. Sure, it costs money to keep something like this up and running, especially with all the bandwidth used but the more people that visit the site the more money you bring in from the ads, so it pays for itself and typically then some.

I don't have a problem with the standard ads, however (despite your claim) there are pop ups in the form of those smart text ads and they are all over the place. Those I find very annoying.