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photobucketThere are plenty of programs out there that let you skin Windows to make it look like Linux, OS X, another version of Windows, or something else altogether. But if you're just tired of looking at your Windows 2000 or XP bootup screen while waiting for your computer to start, all you need is BootSkin.

This free application lets you replace your Windows splash screen with another image. There's a huge library of available splash screens at WinCustomize, with images ranging from the often-appropriate pirate flag to the ironic Windows ME boot screen.

BootSkin is available as a free download from Stardock, the same company behind the commercial Windows skinning application WindowBlinds and program launcher ObjectDock.