The Windows XP splash screen is the Windows XP logo against a black screen that people commonly see when they start their computers. When you turn on your computer, the CPU or Computer Processing Unit, starts its boot process. The boot process involves a sequence of activities by your computer, to look for saved information about your computer’s system before it can begin to load your Windows XP operating system. First to run is the BIOS which is a software that has been built into your computer, allowing it to activate on its own. It performs a series of self-tests then looks for hardware devices that are connected to your computer. Once it determines that there are no errors, it then looks for bootable devices, which is the hard disk your operating system is installed on. The Windows operating system starts to boot and this is when you start to see the Windows XP splash screen. The splash screen may be nice to look at while all programs that need to start booting up finish loading, but it is also one of the causes of a slow boot. You have the option of disabling the Windows XP Splash Screen to help speed up your computer slightly upon booting.
- Navigate to the "Start" button then select "Run." At the bottom left corner of your monitor is the Start button. Clicking on it will bring up a directory where you will find shortcuts to your programs, the Internet, and the explorer. Find the button that is labeled “Run” click it and it will bring up a dialogue box. Type the command word "msconfig" in the window and click "OK," this will activate the System Configuration Utility program.
- Select the "BOOT.INI" tab. At the top of the System Configuration Utility program are tabs, find the tab labeled "BOOT.INI" and click it. At the bottom half of the window you will find the boot options. Under the boot options list, find the option labeled "/NOGUIBOOT" and put a mark on the check box next to it by clicking the box, then click "OK" at the bottom of the window.
- Restart your computer. After exiting the System Configuration Utility program you will be prompted to either restart your computer now or later. You can choose to immediately restart your computer by clicking on the restart now option or choose to restart after any activity on your computer is done.
Disabling the Windows XP Splash Screen can help increase the computer’s boot up speed and allow you to start using your computer almost immediately.