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How to replace the BIOS logo picture in VirtualBox

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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64

    How to replace the BIOS logo picture in VirtualBox

    Every time you boot VirtualBox there is the same image for all the vm's:
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    or the empty dark screen if you are using an OSE build as I do:
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    It is possible to use a custom image of your choice for each vm.

    According to the user manual the image has to be a 8bit (256 color) BMP.

    The size is not specified but to be safe will use the default 640x480 resolution.

    The steps are easy to follow:
    As an example here we'll use a Win8 RP VM:
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    The machine has to be powered off in order to apply some changes.

    Choose a nice image to use.
    An example image already converted to 256 colors is this:
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    For the small size online is this a GIF. Save it to 256 color BMP in Paint.

    We browse to the Virtual Machines folder (usually in the user home folder):
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    We copy our chosen bmp picture preferably here in the VM folder.

    We open the .vbox settings file with a good text editor (like Notepad++) and add or replace the <Logo> line (line 50 in picture below) in the BIOS section with this:
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    You have to change the imagePath="" with the path to your VM folder and picture name
    Save the vbox settings and start your VM:
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    It looks better now.

    The rest of the VM works normally since we didn't modified anyting else except the startup bios image.
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    That's all folks!

    Thanks for reading

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