Windows 7 695x boot screen revealed

Chris Holmes, Windows Enthusiast and blogger, has posted a short and somewhat blurry video of the new Windows 7 boot screen in action.

The latest sign of changes for Windows 7 signals a departure from the Vista boot up screen. Microsoft kept the boot screen simple with Vista after asking BIOS makers, PC makers, and video card makers to remove product advertisement screens at system boot. Microsoft created a simple boot method which it claimed took 6 seconds off initial boot compared to the more graphical boot that it had originally planned with the Longhorn betas.

At PDC many reader comments here at Neowin were "what's the new boot screen like?" when Microsoft first unveiled Windows 7 to the world. We posted a video at the time but Microsoft have been working hard towards their January goal and have updated it as shown below.

Update: Microsoft have pulled the MSN Video so we have linked to an identical YouTube video

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I find it sad that so many here are making a news article out of a BOOT SCREEN. Jeez.

Vista has the same thing, its nothing new.

Maybe I'll make a video of a blinking cursor, so people can all ooh and ahhh over it and make it front page news.

While it is a good animation, I just hope the actual system boot process is made more professional, and not just the windows startup.

I'd love the day where you just press the power button and the Windows boot screen will immediately appear onscreen Windows will boot. None of that BIOS information nonsense.

OS X can do it. Probably because it just shows a blank grey screen and then the mac boot screen is also a grey screen with an apple on it. So it's all seamless. No blinking underscore or motherboard details to be found.

Seamless is the key word here. I wish manufacturers would cut out the ugly logos before the boot Windows boot screen. As if somehow I suddenly forgot I owned a Dell or Shuttle PC or something. Believe it or not it's little things like this that help personify the Windows experience - especially for first time users.

Great now the boot screen looks like I removed my glasses and totally plastered looking at the Vista boot screen. o_O Boot screens mean little to me. The Vista one was simple nothing fancy. Didn't kill the memory... This new one is simply eye candy. For those hooked on Aero thats okay. At least my laptop runs Aero just fine. But it's eye candy and doesn't add functionality to it.

What build are they giving out at WinHEC China? The boot screen looks great, a lot better than Vista's nothing but black bar screen, or their still image of the No GUI trick

Wow, I can't believe they pulled this. They demoed it in china for crying out loud.

Oh well, hope Sinofsky don't knock on my door LOL

what's the last image it makes after those little colorful orbs merge?

Is it like some zoomed in/out blurry windows logo?

I hope someone comes out with a less blurry version. Otherwise, yes Im very glad that there is finally a decent Bootscreen. The Pearl animation in Vista was cool though.

PsykX said,
Which resolution is that? 320x240 I hope? XD


You hope? this isn't windows 95... XP and up has had higher resolution boot screens then 320x240

Lol I was jk...
But seriously, I hope it's using the same resolution for your desktop... Honestly, switching resolution between a boot screen and the desktop would mean to me : don't care about the boot screen, it's useless to waste money to make a good one. If it's the same resolution : go for it, go for animations and stuff

Beastage said,
Is this Dell's netbook? the screen looks smaller than 12"

The laptop's BIOS screen reads MXC061 (not MXG061 as I wrote in the forums). The MXC061 is the Inspiron 640M.

Huh? Why would it mean that? It takes less time (no Vista pearl animation, much faster boot-up process with parallelized driver initialization, etc).

I haven't got the chance to play with 7 yet. I thought Microsoft went for the simple boot screen so that Vista could load faster.

Its great to hear windows 7 is faster. Waiting eagerly to try it out when beta open up.

Brandon Live said,
Huh? Why would it mean that? It takes less time (no Vista pearl animation, much faster boot-up process with parallelized driver initialization, etc).

So if the Pearl's gone, where does that leave the welcome sound?

Looks good but instant on is the ultimate goal...problem is the sequence..to many things rely on loading at boot...decentralize some of the kernel dependencies and load just the core files..then you will have a fast boot...guess thats what they are moving toward with minwin...i think technologies like expressgate are moving in the right direction but need more refining

Windows7even said,
Looks good but instant on is the ultimate goal...problem is the sequence..to many things rely on loading at boot...decentralize some of the kernel dependencies and load just the core files..then you will have a fast boot...guess thats what they are moving toward with minwin...i think technologies like expressgate are moving in the right direction but need more refining

or use hibernation

Windows7even said,
hibernation has way to many flaws...and its way to slow!

What flaws? And it took about 2-3 secs for me to start up from that...

Jugalator said,
What flaws? And it took about 2-3 secs for me to start up from that...


Indeed; I've been using hibernation for years; still prefer it over Vista's sleep mode because then I *know* the computer is off. I use sleep to substitute for when I'd use Stand-By in XP for the most part.

The only flaw I see in hibernation is that it does take up some hard drive space, but these days, that isn't a big deal. ^_^

Btw if you don't like the boot screen there is Bootskin Pro that comes with Object Desktop for Stardock that replaces it. Right now its a static image (don't know about plans to add animation) but still a nice change if you don't like the Vista default one.

I just hope the logo stays well until the login screen or desktop appears. I hate how after the loading screen on Vista and probably in this video how the entire monitor flashes back to black stays that way until the actual welcome or login screens come out.

Actually, this doesn't happen to me. I don't remember this happening anyway.
Doesn't it go to a blue screen that says Loading bla blah... and has a little blue circle turning in the centre of the screen? I don't see any black when I start my computer.

Actually very pretty. A lot nicer than the nothing that comes with Vista. Although the static 2nd boot screen Vista has is okay, and what I have enabled.
But 7's is great!