How to Enable New Boot Screen Animation in Windows 11

Windows 11 has a new boot screen animation to match the new design language. Here is how to enable new boot screen animation in Windows 11.

In Windows 11, Microsoft is making many changes and quite frequently too. If you ever tried the latest Windows 11 insider builds, you will know that the changes are pretty significant at times. Along with new features and improvements, some of the changes also include improvements to the look and feel of the operating system. For instance, Microsoft frequently updates different elements of Windows 11 to match the Fluent Design language. This includes legacy applications like Notepad too.

One of the newest changes is the booting screen loading animation. Ever since Windows 8, you will see a dotted circular loading animation while the operating system is loading. In the newest Windows 11 build, Microsoft updated it to match the new Fluent Design language. The new boot screen animation in Windows 11 looks like a progressive ring.

Being a new improvement, it is disabled by default. You have to enable the boot screen animation in Windows 11 manually to see it.

This easy Windows 11 how-to guide will take you through the steps to enable new boot screen animation in Windows 11.

Enable new boot screen animation in Windows 11

To turn on or enable the new Windows 11 boot screen animation, you need to make a small change to the Registry. It is pretty easy to do. Let me show you how.

  1. Open the Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control” folder.
  3. Right-click on the “Control” folder.
  4. Choose “New” and then “Key.”
  5. Use “BootControl” as the folder name.
  6. Right-click on “BootControl” folder.
  7. Choose “New > DWORD Value.”
  8. Set its name as “BootProgressAnimation.”
  9. Double-click on the “BootProgressAnimation” value.
  10. Type “1” in the Value Data field.
  11. Press the “Ok” button.
  12. Close and reboot the computer to see the new boot animation in Windows 11.

Steps with more detail and screenshots:

Since we need to make changes to the Registry, we need to open it first. Press the Start key, search for “Registry Editor,” and click the relevant result. You can also use the “regedit” Run command.

open the registry editor in Windows 11

In the Registry Editor, paste the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control” path in the address bar and press Enter. After that, right-click on the “Control” folder and choose “New > Key.”

The above action will create a new folder under the “Control” folder. Name the new folder as “BootControl.” After that, right-click on the “BootControl” folder and choose “DWORD (32-bit) Value” to create a new DWORD value.

create bootcontrol folder in registry

Name the DWORD value as “BootProgressAnimation.”

create bootprogressanimation dword value

Next, double-click on the freshly created DWORD value type “1” in the Value Data field. Press the “Ok” button to save the changes.

enable new boot screen animation in Windows 11

Finally, close the Registry Editor and reboot the computer.

After rebooting, you should see the new boot animation in Windows 11.

That is it. It is that simple to enable new boot screen animation in Windows 11.

I hope this simple Windows 11 how-to guide helped you.

If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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