How to disable the Windows XP Splash Screen / logo at startup ?

To disable the Windows XP splash screen (logo) at startup, and to see the list of drivers loading at startup, follow these steps:

Click Start, Run and type MSCONFIG

Click the Boot.ini tab

Under Operating Systems section, select the appropriate entry and then enable the /SOS switch in the Boot Options section below

Click OK and close MSCONFIG utility.

The corresponding entry in the Boot.ini file is automatically added. Example given below:

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(5)\WINDOWS="XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect


multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(5)\WINDOWS="XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /sos

The /sos parameter displays the names of the drivers as they load during the boot process. Use when startup fails (while loading drivers) to determine which driver is failing to load. See Boot Parameter Reference for more information.

Also see /noguiboot parameter, which can also disable the splash screen.