Apple look-alike problem

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Nikilet

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I've got an older Gateway laptop that I've been trying to get cleaned up and fixed up for my 6-year-old grandson to play games on.

Things have gone pretty well, thanks to help from lots of good people. The teenager who was using this previously thought it would be neat to make it look like an Apple. When I first started on this thing it didn't know whether it was a Windows computer or an Apple. When it boots, it runs through the Gateway screen, and then the Windows screen, but I still have a big white box with an apple and "Mac OS X" on it right before it goes to the desktop. I guess it's not causing any problems with the operation of the computer, but it's really bugging me.

Does anyone know what could still be left on here that is causing that Apple screen?
 
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The previous owner will have used a Boot Editor to make this Apple screen appear or they may have been clever and done it manually by editing one of the system files. You may find the software used is still installed on the PC, look for something like BootSkin or Resource Hacker.

If you had posted you version of Windows I could have given some more info.
 

Nikilet

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***Note: I forgot to mention previously that I get this same screen when I restart or shut down.

The OS is Windows XP.

I looked in Add/Remove and there is nothing at all that even comes close to the things you mentioned, or even that makes me question if "that could be it."

Like I said, it's not the end of the world but if you have any more advice for how I could fix it, please share. Thanks for your time so far!
 

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I really appreciate your help and the time you have given me, but I think I'll just grin and bear it. I fear fixing myself right out of a computer. If it wasn't working now I'd throw caution to the wind, but since it is I don't want to take unnecessary chances.
 
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