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Restore the Windows 7 Splash Screen

Occasionally, an issue can occur in Windows 7 which causes the Windows 7 splash screen (normally 4 colored orbs) to revert to the old Windows Vista style screen (a green progress bar). While I’m not sure of what initially causes this problem, the solution is simple…

You just need to reconfigure your computer’s boot menu information. The easiest way to do this is to:

  1. Open a command prompt (elevated command prompt if you have UAC enabled).
  2. Type “bcdedit /set {current} locale en-US” sans quotes.
  3. Press Enter and then reboot.

If you are using a version other than the English version, you’ll need to replace the “en-US” with the appropriate language/country code.