TEMPORARILY DISABLE XP'S SPLASH SCREEN
Of course, these are all great features. But what if you really just want to see what occurs during a normal startup? To monitor what's going on behind the scenes during a normal bootup, you can temporarily disable Windows XP's splash screen.
You can accomplish this by adding a little-used switch to the Boot.ini file. Follow these steps:
1. Go to
the Start menu, and right-click My Computer.
4. In the
Startup And Recovery section, click the Settings button.
6. When the Boot.ini file opens in Notepad, add the /SOS switch to the line that ends with the /fastdetect switch.
7. Save the file, close Notepad, click OK twice to close the dialog boxes, and restart the system.
To restore the splash screen, follow the same directions, and remove the /SOS switch.