BootSkin Pro was part of the Object Desktop 2009 release.  It finally allows users of Windows Vista to create and change the boot screen image with a high-resolution image.  Whether you either want to change your boot screen, or create your own to share with others, the process is simple.

BootSkin Pro allows you to both create and change bootskins, while BootSkin allows you only to change the boot screen.

To change the boot screen simply open BootSkin, and scroll through the installed skins.  Once you find one you want to use, just click “Apply This BootSkin”.  That’s it, pretty simple indeed.  You can get more BootSkin downloads at the BootSkin gallery on WinCustomize.com.  Click “Add New BootSkin”, browse to the downloaded file, and it will install.

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If you ever need to get back to the default skin, just apply the Windows Default BootSkin.

Creating a BootSkin for your own use, or to share with others, is just as simple.  Start off by selecting the “Create a BootSkin” tab at the top of the BootSkin window. 

The requirements are:

  • Maximum files size of 10mb
  • .PNG or .JPG format
  • Image scaled to 1024x768
  • 24-bit color
  • Internet connection

When ready, type in the title of the boot skin, enter the other information such as your e-mail, and then browse for the image you want to convert for use.  BootSkin Pro will upload the image, convert it into the BootSkin format, and place it into your bootskins folder.  You can now apply the bootskin or upload to sites such as WinCustomize.com. 

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Right now, BootSkin Pro is available to Object Desktop subscribers.  A stand-alone download will be available soon.  You can get more information at www.stardock.com/products/bootskin/.


Comments (Page 1)
on Nov 25, 2008

When will it be available to download for free or purchase seprately from the object desktop package?

on Nov 25, 2008
too bad that these options are not in the winxp version.. or will that ever be updated?
on Nov 25, 2008

frostfire101
too bad that these options are not in the winxp version..

or will that ever be updated?

 

The WinXP version will not be updated. It has not been updated for many years and still remains unsupported at this time.

on Nov 26, 2008
I'm curious: does a large part of the code for converting the original image to bootskin format exist on the Stardock servers. It isn't mentioned in ID's discussion but I experimented with a couple of photographs and Bootskin Pro connected to Stardock and appeared to upload the image and re-download it. Also, although this topic may have been covered previously, are there certain criteria that make a "good" bootskin for Vista?
on Nov 26, 2008

The technology to create the new bootskin format is propriatary and cannot be redistributed via the software.  So BSp uploads the inmage to the SD servers, converts it to the correct format and sends it back.  A rather ingenious solution I think.

Bootskins are art.  There is no functionality that makes them good or bad.  Good art cannot be defined.  What you like may not work for anyone else.

on Nov 26, 2008
when will it work in the uk?
on Nov 26, 2008
I have it and it's working great and i've already made several skins , thanks guys
on Nov 26, 2008

Hi,

Bootskin Pro v. 1.00.037 gets installed ok but doesn't work on my Vista Home Premium. When I try to apply a different skin from the default, I get an error message....?

Do you think somebody could help?

Thanks, George

on Nov 26, 2008
What goes in the serial box? My Object Desktop serial?
on Nov 26, 2008
does not work for me either. Same problems as reply number 8.
on Nov 26, 2008
Reply #9
Hawkeye666
Today, 10:55 AM
What goes in the serial box? My Object Desktop serial?
Hawkeye, yes, that's what worked for me. You can cut and paste it from Impulse.
on Nov 26, 2008
The technology to create the new bootskin format is propriatary and cannot be redistributed via the software. So BSp uploads the inmage to the SD servers, converts it to the correct format and sends it back. A rather ingenious solution I think.

Bootskins are art. There is no functionality that makes them good or bad. Good art cannot be defined. What you like may not work for anyone else.
Thanks for the info, Zu!
on Nov 26, 2008
Might be great if it worked. I have tried it on a Vista Home premium SP1 Machine and on Vista Ultimate Sp1 machine and error since day one....I would like to know what system "AzDude" has and how he made it work?
on Nov 26, 2008

Might be great if it worked.

I have tried it on a Vista Home premium SP1 Machine and on Vista Ultimate Sp1 machine and error since day one....I would like to know what system "AzDude" has and how he made it work?

I would suggest sending an e-mail to support@stardock.com, or posting a thread in the support area.

on Nov 26, 2008
how sad... and unfortunate..