56 thoughts on “How to change the boot logo in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8

  1. André

    this is not exclusive. It was already posted some times ago:


  2. zydrius32

    My bootres.dll size is only 17,8 KB. RCDATA_1.wim is 7,64 KB. Are you sure that we need bootres.dll from *:\Windows\Boot\Resources\bootres.dll? 7-zip can’t open extracted .WIM file.

    1. Sanket Gupte

      Try finding it entering this string on Google:
      intitle:index of “exe” “Restorator”
      It will give u links for directories that contain restorator and you will be able to download it for free.

    1. Marcelo

      I’d also like to know how to remove HP logo.

      Also anyone here has the Windows 8.1 beta bootlogo (the one with the betta fish)?

      Anyway, thanks for the cool post, I’ll test it on my other PCs.

      1. Arush

        I recently found out that if u have an HP, go to the UEFI firmware settings, and on power-on or something like that, you can enable a mode called POST messages, or something like that. Then, the HP logo will be gone and the default windows boot logo will be used.

  3. Bhaskar

    when I write “signer /sign sign bootres.dll” in cmd it shows signer is not recognized as internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

    Thanks in advance

    1. Gaurav Kale

      @Bhaskar, since you seem to have difficulty changing to the correct path, copy signer.exe to your C:\Windows directory.

    2. Godstime Osarobo

      if “signer /sign sign bootres.dll” is not working try “signer64 /sign sign bootres.dll” … you may have downloaded the 64 – bit version of the software.

    1. Gaurav Kale

      Read the article carefully once again. Everything is explained in it and there are links to download necessary tools.

  4. Rob

    when i try to create the .wim file i get the error “operation is not supported” using 7zip. do you know what is wrong?

  5. Rob

    i followed all the steps and just get the spinning circle. (even with test mode on) here is the i uploaded the finished bootres to skydrive, can you see what i did wrong? here: https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=E5824CE77252BE51!6422&authkey=!AJSzinbKJb8K13M&ithint=file%2c.dll

    1. Bradley Rimbleus

      Found solution to blank screen.

      Do what is instructed in this post: http://www.winmatrix.com/forums/index.php?/topic/36724-windows-8-custom-boot-logo/page-3#entry323187.

      The post builds on http://www.winmatrix.com/forums/index.php?/topic/36724-windows-8-custom-boot-logo/page-2#entry321171

      So go there for reference, such as location of bootress, and also you need to take ownership first.

      short: the problem is 8oo logo changer can’t sign (at least on my 8.1 pro build 9600), that’s why I didn’t get any security popup either. so you have to do that part manually via cmd prompt. Also since I downloaded signer64.exe I had to add 64 before running the command.

  6. M

    I keep getting this error;

    failed to sign `bootres.dll`: %1 is not a valid win32 application. (2147942593)

    any suggestion?

    I followed the tutorial troughout.

    Windows 8.1 64bit

  7. kunal misra

    i have done the above steps perfectly but while executing the command for signer{signer /sign sign bootres.dll}
    i get an error” ‘signer is not recognized as an internal or external command,operable program or batch file.”
    i have also copied signer to c:\windows
    reply ASAP………..

    1. Godstime Osarobo

      when you downloaded signer was it signer.exe or signer64? If it was signer64 then you should type this instead “signer64 /sign sign bootres.dll”

      1. parth

        Error: Failed to sign ‘bootres.dll’: %1 is not a valid Win32 application

        i have also tried it.
        but it cant work

  8. Umair Alam

    Please can you provide already changed custom (bootres.dll) file to download.
    it gives error while entered the command for Signer, like…
    “signer is not recognized as an internal or external command,operable program or batch file.”

    Thanx !n Adv.

  9. fouad info

    the solution for those who can’t extract the extracted *.wim file with 7-zip

    i had that problem

    Fix : is extract all files in boot.res with restorator 2007 to somewhere destination Desktop for example and go to folder RCData

    and right click on 1.res choose 7-zip click open

    the archive will be opened you will find 5 bmp images to change

    have a nice day and good hack :)

  10. shobhit

    it was good till last step …when i entered “signer /sign sign bootres.dll” in cmd
    error came was ” signer is not recognized as an internal or external command” plsss. tell what to do..
    i have a bet with my brother that i can change the logo .plss.. save me from debt…

  11. Allan

    I tested this on Windows 10 and it worked flawlessly (I did have to do the BCedit step at the end). One thing I think you should warn everyone about is that if you have your drive encrypted using Bitlocker, make sure you have your recovery key. Once you change the certificate on the bootres.dll file, it will prompt you for your recovery key on the first boot.

  12. Anubhav

    I am unable to replace original bootres.dll by new made bootres.dll……………….pls hlp
    And thnx for sharing this on internet

  13. david

    I noticed 7-zip was able to extract the 6 bmp images without having to use restorer so makes me wonder do you even need restorer app if 7-zip can extract the bitmap images on its own? Also anyone know how to change the spinning circle animation?


    1. DexterEnnin

      I also faced the same challenge, then later I read from other posts what was causing the probkem. The problem was with the resonator and the solution was to use resource tuner instead. This link explains the process i followed which solved it for me.

  14. Caleb

    Does this tutorial supports Windows 10? Some commenters said it worked and some said it doesn’t, that’s kinda confusing.


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