Modify OOBE files in Windows XP
If you boot by windows XP setup CD (and you have placed winnt.sif for unattended setup),and begin
to setup XP,at last part of setup process OOBE will run by default,and you will encounter by several
pages that you should answer them and click NEXT.
Some of the pages that you will see are as below:
_ An introduction page that actually is an video file (about 7 second) and shows animated widows logo.
_ "Welcome to Microsoft Windows " page.
_ "Who will use this computer?" page,that you should type at least one user name on it.
_ "Thank you!" page.
And some other pages....That we can easyly can chang the TEXTs and images and looking of these pages.
Befor going to to talk about how to do this job,you should note some points:
1.If you begin to setup windows using "WINNT32.EXE" ,OOBE proccess will not run by default.
2.If you have put line below in your "WINNT.SIF", OOBE proccess will be bypassed:
######### How to edit OOBE ###########
OOBE files are found in "your system drive (for eample C:)\WINDOWS\system32\oobe\ ".
1. Go inside "...\oobe\images\ directory and change images below with your favorit images:
backdown.jpg backoff.jpg backover.jpg backup.jpg btn1.gif btn2.gif
btn3.gif greenshd.gif monitor2.gif monitor.gif mslogo.jpg newbtm1.jpg
newbtm8.jpg newmark1.jpg newmark8.jpg newtop1.jpg newtop8.jpg nextdown.jpg
nextoff.jpg nextover.jpg nextup.jpg prodkey.gif redshd.gif setup_w.bmp
skipdown.jpg skipoff.jpg skipover.jpg skipup.jpg wpaback.jpg wpabtm.jpg
2.After Making your favorite images,you should Compress all of them to Microsoft compressed format.
For example for converting "wpaback.jpg" to "wpaback.jp_" format Do as below:
_ Copy "wpaback.jpg" to C:\
_ Click Start,select Run ,type CMD and press ENTER
_ In command window type : makecab c:\wpaback.jpg then press Enter
_ File wpaback.jp_ will be created in (your system drive\...\user profile\).for example if your OS
is in drive D: and user name is Administrator you will have:
D:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\wpaback.jp_
_ Do the same for all your image files,then place all of them in your XP setup CD "I386" directory.
Look at example.png from attachment to see example of edited pages.
Note that when editting images (newmark1.jpg and newmark8.jpg),pay attention to sellect the Images
collors correctly,because if you use wrong colors, the text of pages will not be shown.for example
if you use white background in example.png,then user will not be able to see any option texts.
3.Go to "...\oobe\images\ directory and look at "intro.wmv" by win media player.this is an video
file that shows animated XP logo.if you want to change it and place your own video,do as below:
_ Make your video file by ".WMV" format (note that it should be max 7 seconds).
_ Do the same proces as you did for "wpaback.jp_" above,then place created "intro.wm_" in I386
directory of your XP setup CD.
4.If you want to changes some textes that are shown in OOBE pages,you should open htm files that
are located in ...\WINDOWS\system32\oobe\setup directory,( for example fini.htm and ident2.htm)
and edit them.do not forget to compress edited files as mentioned above,then put them in
There are some other changes that we can do ,but i think this is enough for this tutor.and you or
other friends can add more options to do.
have nice times