I'm not sure how many of you would be interested to know this, but rather than having the standard green loading bar as Vista starts, you can have a cool-looking alternate screen instead, without the loading bar. If you follow the instructions, a restart will be required. And this doesn't harm your machine, don't worry! 1) Go to Start > Run... 2) Type in msconfig and press OK 3) Under the boot tab, tick the box labelled No GUI boot 4) Don't touch anything else in msconfig, unless you know what you're doing! 5) Press OK 6) When asked, press Don't show this message again 7) Press Restart (or Exit without restart, if you're busy right now). 8) Wait for the pretty loading screen! If you want to put the old screen back (pah!), just follow these instructions again, but unticking the No GUI boot box.