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BootSkin

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Are you tired of the drudgery that is your Windows start-up screen? This handy piece of freeware adds spice to your PC by letting you customize your Windows 2000/XP boot screen. At 871K, BootSkin is a quick, space-conscious download. It allows you to easily change your boot screen without patching the Windows XP kernel, keeping your system stable and the size of your skins manageable. The straightforward interface offers a couple of stock skins and allows you to import them from the Web and create your own. Although BootSkin is not brimming with features, it's still a nice way to add a personal touch to your PC.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    2.9 stars

    out of 263 votes

    • 5 star: 73
    • 4 star: 39
    • 3 star: 29
    • 2 star: 20
    • 1 star: 102
  • Current version:

    3.0 stars

    out of 163 votes

    • 5 star: 43
    • 4 star: 33
    • 3 star: 20
    • 2 star: 17
    • 1 star: 50
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple & efficient"

    July 18, 2013  |   By OQUI

    Version: BootSkin 1.05a

    Pros

    Everything

    Cons

    Not a thing

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works as promised"

    May 10, 2013  |   By Wings92126

    Version: BootSkin 1.05a

    Pros

    No bloatware, adware, viruses.
    Quick easy download.
    Simple to use.
    Handles too large files with ease.

    Cons

    None have shown up yet.

    Summary

    Very pleased, exactly what I was looking for to use the best of my own pictures as the login screen.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "decided not to put it in."

    March 10, 2013  |   By promytius

    Version: BootSkin 1.05a

    Pros

    Nice idea, small program, looks easy.

    Cons

    Just one more thing that could go wrong when booting.

    Summary

    I used to make my own screens; this stirred that interest, but after thinking it through, and considering recurring video problems, I decided not to further clutter my PC. So it looks good, it was not going to work for me. If I upgrade my system and it stabilizes, I will certainly consider this program again.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "What a Waste of TIME"

    February 19, 2012  |   By StarscreamF15

    Version: BootSkin 1.05a

    Pros

    None that Ive found

    Cons

    It doesnt work

    Summary

    I was under the impression that it would take any picture and use as a bootscreen. Uhm NO. It refuses to 'see' any picture other then a boot screen image.. Oh but then it tells you under HELP how to create bootskins.. do this, do that, blah blah. Just useless... its being deleted off my HD as soon as I hit enter on this review.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Nice and uterly safe to use."

    January 8, 2012  |   By Alain Martel1

    Version: BootSkin 1.05a

    Pros

    Only use memory, or any resouce at all when you do change the bootskin.

    You can set it to randomly alternate between your available desings.

    Once you have changed the boot screen to your liking, you can uninstall BootSkin and your setting will stay.
    You can easily revert to the default Windows boot screen, it's always the first item on the list of available screens.

    Go here to learn how to make new bootskins: http://martin.joeuser.com/article/1886

    Go there to get new ones: http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/bootskins_xp

    Cons

    The XP version is limited to 16 colours and 640 by 480 resolution.
    The Vista and 7 versions have more colours and beter resolution but can't work under XP.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Wonderful and free"

    October 29, 2011  |   By indianacarnie

    Version: BootSkin 1.05a

    Pros

    Works great

    Cons

    none at all

    Summary

    Just cannot believe the comments from user's who had any trouble with this. Have used it for years either on a Vista 64 machine and now on 2 different Win7 64's. With absolutely no problems of any kind, I might add. Fast , simple , and it works! Uses either supplied papers or you can make your own. If only all freeware did its job the way this one does.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good Login screen"

    March 24, 2011  |   By viviencaloy

    Version: BootSkin 1.05a

    Pros

    Simple interface, great features, and freeware.

    Cons

    The texture, color of the skin is not as clear in logon studio. Can I have a request to stardock the software maker. Can we make it a suite for windows blind, logon studio, bootskin, skin studio, etc. as one software. Thanks.

    Summary

    If your tired and bored with your login screen. Try this one.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Light program,worked well on XP for ME !"

    January 24, 2011  |   By Noblepuker

    Version: BootSkin 1.05a

    Pros

    This program installs easy,and is tiny.The interface is so easy my mom could figure it out.
    There are 100's uopn 100'sof skins avaliable...all free,just as promised.

    Cons

    none,none,and none.

    Summary

    I'm a veteran PC user,but didn't need to be.I run XP home.I'm not sure about all the negative reviews...i had NO problems,and this isn't the first time,nor the first PC i've ran this on.
    I recommmend you give it a try.I know enough to fix any problems that might arise,so my confidence was high....thankfully,troubleshooting bootup was not a problem in MY case.

    Thanks stardock,i was REAL tired of the same old boot screen i've had to look at for allmost a decade....now if i could find a program that will remove the blue on the enter password screen i'd be in heaven.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "I like to change the boot windows and it did just that."

    November 16, 2010  |   By dmjenkins

    Version: BootSkin 1.05a

    Pros

    It's free but limited, when downloading, send it to a storage drive and it works fine.

    Cons

    I used that create your own skin: Well I wont be doing that any more, had to boot to safe and to reset the boot window to fully boot up,

    Summary

    As with all downloads; you take the risk, I like the program and I still use it. It did not do as much damage to my system as was done while installing Office 2007, It took me hours to get the configs right.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Love it! been using this product for years"

    October 23, 2010  |   By 880251

    Version: BootSkin 1.05a

    Pros

    Easy to use click and go!

    Cons

    there are none

    Summary

    easy to use

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