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New Style Setup Billboards Text
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This section will cover the text displayed on the screen. It will deal with changing the text, changing it's font and size, or removing it completely.

Read the Reference page on compressed files, and save the extracted WINNTBBU.DLL file to a temp directory. Always use the same file version as that of your Windows version. Don't use a SP1 file for a SP2 OS basically.

For the majority of this page, I'll be referencing the following image. I'll use it mainly to detail what I'm talking about and will be referencing it by COLOR.

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Changing the Text | Changing the Font | Changing the Size | Previewing the Change


» Changing the Text

Let's start changing that there text shall we?

  • Open up WINNTBBU.DLL in your resource editor, I recommend using Resource Tuner as it will be easier when typing in your new string. Doube click on the STRING header and the select the string index. It may be 1033 in ResEdit's case or just numbers incrementing starting at 1 in Resource Tuner's. Look below for links to the corresponding resource numbers and descriptions.

  • Once you find the resource number corresponding to the text you wish to edit (from the links below), double click on the entry on the right, in this case 1

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  • The next screen should be a larger version of this

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    Click the resource number you were looking for, and in the box at the bottom, type in your new text.

    • Keep in mind, that when typing words, seperate each word with a | like in the example below:

      Windows |XP |Professional |sports |a |visual |design |that |combines |a |sleek |look.
      
      

      The | should also be placed preceeding the word, not immediately after.

  • Once you're done editing the resource click the OK button

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  • Continue editing the remaing strings untill you are satisfied. Click the SAVE button

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    Replace the original WINNTBBU.DLL file, and confirm the overwrite.

  • Once saved, you may exit ResEdit. Go back to the compressed files, and read the section on makecab and do what it says.

  • After using makecab on the WINNTBBU.DLL file, copy BOTH the .DLL and the .DL_ files into your I386 directory, replacing any already there.

Below you will find a links to the resource numbers grouped by OS. The following links will indicate the resource numbers to change the portions in the above image that are RED and YELLOW.



The following table indicates the resource numbers for the areas in the image above that are GREEN.

Resource # Description
23 "Collecting Information" Bullet Text
24 "Dynamic Update " Bullet Text
25 "Preparing Installation " Bullet Text
63 "Finalizing Installation " Bullet Text
64 "Collecting Information" Bullet Text


Now let's change the PURPLE area's text. The strings themselves are found in syssetup.dll and winnt32u.dll. Go back to the compressed files page and use the expand segment on these two files. The process for editing these two files, is EXACTLY the same as above with the exceptiong that the | are not required , so I won't be repeating it. I'll just be giving you the string numbers to edit.

syssetup.dll
Resource # Description
1179
1180
Changes the "Setup will Complete..." Text . This file is used by Setup during CDBOOT
winnt32u.dll
Resource # Description
1064
1065
Changes the "Setup will Complete..." Text. This file is used by Setup during Windows



» Changing the Font

  • Open up WINNTBBU.DLL in your resource editor, I recommend using Resource Tuner as it will be easier when typing in your new string. Doube click on the STRING header and the select the string index. It may be 1033 in ResEdit's case or just numbers incrementing starting at 1 in Resource Tuner's. Look below for links to the corresponding resource numbers and descriptions.

  • Once you find the resource number corresponding to the text you wish to edit (from the links below), double click on the entry on the right, in this case 1

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  • The next screen should be a larger version of this

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    Click the resource number you were looking for, and in the box at the bottom, type in your new text.

    • The font that you use here, MUST be present and registered at the time of setup. If you wish to add a font, you will have to edit hivesft.inf and add the appropriate registry entries, then edit txtsetup.sif so they are copied over as part of setup.

    • The text that you enter here MUST also be the EXACT name of the font. Not the filename, but the description; i.e. Comic Sans MS . To find out the font name, just open up a text editor and browse the font listing.

  • Once you're done editing the resource click the OK button

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  • Continue editing the remaing strings untill you are satisfied. Click the SAVE button

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    Replace the original WINNTBBU.DLL file, and confirm the overwrite.

  • Once saved, you may exit ResEdit. Go back to the compressed files, and read the section on makecab and do what it says.

  • After using makecab on the WINNTBBU.DLL file, copy BOTH the .DLL and the .DL_ files into your I386 directory, replacing any already there.

The below resource numbers are color coded to represent their purpose according to the image at the TOP of the page.

Resource # Description
4 Changes the font on the left side of the screen. The GREEN area.
5 Changes the font on the top of the screen. The RED area.
19 Changes the font of the main portion of the screen. The YELLOW area.



» Changing the TextSize

  • Open up WINNTBBU.DLL in your resource editor, I recommend using Resource Tuner as it will be easier when typing in your new string. Doube click on the STRING header and the select the string index. It may be 1033 in ResEdit's case or just numbers incrementing starting at 1 in Resource Tuner's. Look below for links to the corresponding resource numbers and descriptions.

  • Once you find the resource number corresponding to the text you wish to edit (from the links below), double click on the entry on the right, in this case 1

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  • The next screen should be a larger version of this

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    Click the resource number you were looking for, and in the box at the bottom, type in your new text.

  • Once you're done editing the resource click the OK button

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  • Continue editing the remaing strings untill you are satisfied. Click the SAVE button

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    Replace the original WINNTBBU.DLL file, and confirm the overwrite.

  • Once saved, you may exit ResEdit. Go back to the compressed files, and read the section on makecab and do what it says.

  • After using makecab on the WINNTBBU.DLL file, copy BOTH the .DLL and the .DL_ files into your I386 directory, replacing any already there.

The below resource numbers are color coded to represent their purpose according to the image at the TOP of the page.

Resource # Description
2
3
This effects the font size of the text on the left side.
10
14
This effects the font size of the text on the top, or title area.
12
16
This effects the font size of the text in the main area.



» Previewing the Change

You have three options to preview your Background change. Two of which involve using the Windows Setup routine.
  • Use a program by jcarle to preview it. It's called XPreview and requires the .NET Framework to be installed.

    Upon installing the little program, start it up. Click on the File Menu at the top, select Open, and then open your modified WINNTBBU.DLL file. It should then appear in the middle of the program.

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  • After replacing the original files in i386, double click on WINNT32.EXE. This will cause SETUP to initiate. It will stop on the first screen, however, in the back you should see your modifications.

  • Start up a virtual machine and let setup run through untill it reaches the GUI portion, and then you should see your modified backgroud image.

Last updated 2005-12-21 21:09:02 by Unknown
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