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Change Windows 95/98/ME Logos + Desktop Wallpaper
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Step by Step Guidelines
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Are you already tired of that same [read "boring" :)] Win95/98/ME startup
Logo, whenever your computer boots up, and/or of the same old Wallpaper
displayed as background on your Windows Desktop?
If you answered YES, read on...
To replace the Microsoft default startup Logo (C:\LOGO.SYS, BMP format,
320x400, 256 colors), always showing up upon bootup, with a new picture (.BMP,
.GIF or .JPG, 640x480 or even larger, 256 or even 16 million colors, different
EVERY time), and/or "admire" a new (different EVERY time) Desktop Wallpaper
(BitMaP = BMP) when you start the Windows GUI, follow these steps:

NEWLOGO.TXT Contents:

HOW TO CREATE, EDIT + CHANGE WINDOWS 95/98/ME LOGOS GUIDE


SPICE UP YOUR DESKTOP
WRAP-UP
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HOW TO CREATE, EDIT + CHANGE WINDOWS 95/98/ME LOGOS GUIDE

* Windows 9x/ME bootup logo native MS-DOS Driver, info + original logos:
http://web.archive.org/web/20080607223336/http://logosys.logotypes.se/

* 95LOGOS.ZIP [1.05 MB, FREEware]:


http://www.mdgx.com/files/95LOGOS.ZIP
contains SHOWLOGO.COM 16-bit DOS tool [freeware] which displays the Windows
95/98/ME boot logo [usually found as C:\LOGO.SYS].
See 95LOGOS.TXT for complete details:
http://www.mdgx.com/files/95logos.php

A. First you need PKUNZIP.EXE, part of the PKWARE PKZIP + PKUNZIP v2.50
32-bit, THE essential DOS ZIPping/unZIPping tools, LFNs (Long File Names)
compliant ONLY in a Windows 95/98/ME DOS box [203 KB, no nag shareware]:
http://www.filegate.net/pkware/pkdos/PK250DOS.EXE
Place all PKWARE files into a new folder called C:\ZIP.
Edit your AUTOEXEC.BAT or CONFIG.SYS file (both located in C:\ root) with
Notepad/Sysedit in Windows or EDIT.COM in DOS, and add C:\ZIP at the end of
your PATH line. Example:

SET PATH=C:\;C:\WINDOWS;C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND;C:\MYSTUFF;C:\ZIP;

Save and reboot.


B. Download ZIPAPER v1.3c DOS mode wallpaper changer for Windows 3.1x/9x [40
KB, nag shareware]:
http://www.mdgx.com/files/ZIPAP13C.ZIP
READ the documentation included with Zipaper and install it also in C:\ZIP.

C. Modify/add this MSDOS.SYS line under its [Options] section (a Hidden,


Read-only, System file found in C:\, the root directory of your boot
drive/partition) to read:

Logo=1

In order to be able to modify MSDOS.SYS, you need to change its attributes to


Archive, and then edit it using any Windows/DOS text/ASCI file editor, like
Notepad in Windows or EDIT.COM in DOS.
See "MSDOS.SYS EDITING" in MYTIPS95.TXT (included) for more details:
http://www.mdgx.com/msdos.htm#EDI
Edit WINBOOT.INI (if using it = also in C:\ root) to include the same line.
See "WINBOOT.INI" in MYTIPS95.TXT (included) for more details:
http://www.mdgx.com/newtip16.htm#WBINI
Save the file and change (optionally) its attributes back to Hidden, Read-only
and System.
To ease this task I included here SYS95.BAT, a DOS style BATch file, which
automates all above operations: changes MSDOS.SYS/WINBOOT.INI attributes to
enable editing, uses Notepad in Windows or EDIT.COM in DOS as it may be the
case, and after you make the change(s) you want by hand, it saves them.
Change the drive letter if other than C. On DrvSpace compressed
disks/partitions there are 2 MSDOS.SYS/WINBOOT.INI files: 1 on the compressed
drive/partition (default is C:\ root) and 1 on the host drive/partition
(default is H:\ root). You must edit ALL to include the Logo=1 line!

D. Bitmaps used as logos by Windows 95/98/ME [mandatory names + locations]:


- LOGO.SYS = boot-up/start-up logo [in the root folder of the boot
drive/partition, usually C:\],
- LOGOW.SYS = wait-to-shut-down logo [in the main Windows folder, usually
C:\WINDOWS] and
- LOGOS.SYS = shut-down logo [in the main Windows folder, usually C:\WINDOWS].
FYI:
"On DrvSpace compressed drives/partitions another copy of LOGO.SYS MUST reside
in the host drive/partition root directory (default is H:\)."
[Thank you Yuri!]
To have your own logo(s) displayed whenever Windows 9x/ME boots/shuts down,
just place/copy/move the one(s) you wish into folder(s) above.
If you wish to keep your original logo(s) for future use, you need to rename
it/them, let's say to something like *.LGO. Example using LOGO.SYS found in
C:\ root:

IF EXIST C:\LOGO.SYS ATTRIB -H -R -S C:\LOGO.SYS


IF EXIST C:\LOGO.SYS COPY/Y C:\LOGO.SYS C:\LOGO.LGO
IF EXIST C:\9XLOGOS\BLUEWIN.BMP COPY/Y C:\9XLOGOS\BLUEWIN.BMP C:\LOGO.SYS

In example above your custom *.BMP and/or *.SYS logos (like the ones included
here) are located in the C:\9XLOGOS folder.
Change drive/partition letter and/or folder name if different on your PC.

Windows ME no longer uses a LOGOW.SYS file.


Windows 98, 98 SE(U) + ME no longer use an actual LOGO.SYS file. Their default
boot logo is built into IO.SYS, a read-only, system file found in C:\ root
(and in H:\ root if using DrvSpace).
The good news is you CAN replace the Microsoft logo with your own LOGO.SYS in
C:\ root, and have it "plastered" all over the screen next time your computer
(re)boots, because it overrides the "boring" one from IO.SYS. :)
See also these topics (all included):
- "WHERE IS LOGO.SYS?" in TIPS98.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/98-1.htm#LOGO
- "OSR2 LOGO.SYS" in OSR2TIPS.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/osr2.htm#LOGO2
- "FIRST LOGO" in MYTIPS95.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/newtip3.htm#1STLG

Win9x/ME logos are actually uncompressed Windows bitmaps (.BMP format), RGB
(Red-Green-Blue) encoded, with the .SYS extension. Each bitmap MUST be EXACTLY
320x400 pixels in size, have EXACTLY 256 colors and MUST NOT be RLE (Run
Length Encoded) COMPRESSED to be recognized by the 9x OS as VALID logo!
File size does NOT matter. Animated logos are usually LARGER than static logos
to include additional changing colors hex code.
Look for example at the size of my animated LOGO.SYS (included).
Static (non-animated) logos are 129,078 or 129,080 Bytes in size.

To create/edit/resize your own custom logos, follow these steps:


1. Open the built-in Windows 9x/ME MS Paint tool [formerly called PaintBrush
in Windows 3.xx ;)], a primitive but free image editor/viewer, found as
C:\Program Files\Accessories\Mspaint.exe (default location):
http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#PNT
or get a better graphic editor [mostly free(ware)]:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#GRA
2. Load the Windows bitmap (.BMP format) of your choice in MS Paint, cut &
paste (to and from the clipboard) another picture from a 3rd party image
viewer/editor in any other graphic format (GIF, JPG, PNG, TGA, TIF etc), or
create a new one from scratch.
3. Increase or decrease (if necessary) the number of colors to 256.
4. Select Image -> Stretch -> Skew.
5. Select Horizontal -> set Percentage to 50.
6. Click OK.
7. Select Image -> Stretch -> Skew again.
8. Select Vertical -> set Percentage to 104.
9. Click OK.
10. Select Image -> Stretch -> Skew again.
11. Select Vertical -> set Percentage to 80.
12. Click OK.
13. Verify the new file size: select Image -> Attributes -> it should display:
320x400 bitmap.
14. Save it as LOGO.BMP.
15. Exit MS Paint.
16. Rename LOGO.BMP to LOGO.SYS.
17. Place LOGO.SYS in C:\ root (and in H:\ root if using DrvSpace).
18. Make sure your MSDOS.SYS/WINBOOT.INI file(s) in C:\ root (and in H:\ root
if using DrvSpace) contain(s) this line:
Logo=1
under the [Options] section (see paragraph C above).
19. Reboot.
Voila! From now on you should see a new logo displayed while Windows boots.

How to create animated/static Win9x/ME logos using 3rd party image tools:
http://www.nucleus.com/~kmcmurdo/win95logo.html
CAUTION:
Do NOT modify ANY animated boot logo using MS Paint or ANY other 3rd party
graphic editor NOT supporting Windows bitmap animation palette, because they
will remove its animation code, converting it into a static one!
More techno details:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,,1167933,.asp
How does spinning BMP palette work:
http://www.qtam-computer.com/a_9808.html
Windows Logo Modding Guide:
http://www.virtual-hideout.net/guides/windows_logo_mod/

Free(ware) tools to create/edit/manage animated/static Win9x/ME logos:


- 1st Impression [2.45 MB]:
http://ftp.sunet.se/pub/simtelnet/win95/desktop/1st250.zip
- WinLogo Changer:
http://www.fortunecity.com/skyscraper/jobbs/79/#Changer
- Yer Winlogo 98 [976 KB]:
ftp://ftp.nsk.su/pub/windows/desktop/ywl216.zip
- OEM Logo Manager:
http://www.tontin.co.uk/oeminfo.htm
- LogoSchemes manager:
http://dave.gasaway.org/software/logoschemes.html
- Boot Screen Changer:
http://www.ehuna.org/open95.htm
- QTam Spin Palette BMP:
http://www.qtam-computer.com/spinbmp.shtml
- Coolbar Animator [175 KB]:
http://www.virtualplastic.net/download/apps/cbanim10.zip
- LogoMania [645 KB]:
ftp://ftp.pcmag.com/archives/fmSingNet_vol10plus/v16n06.zip
Extract LOGOMA.ZIP -> extract LOGOPRG.ZIP -> extract + run LOGOMANI.EXE.
- XrX Logo Tools + Logo Screen Saver [shareware]:
http://www.xrx.ca/logoutils/
- LogoView [23 KB]:
http://my.vector.co.jp/servlet/System.FileDownload/download/ftp/0/134539/pack/win95
/amuse/logo/logov130.zip
- Native DOS image/logo display tools [17 KB]:
http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/micro/pc-
stuff/freedos/files/distributions/1.0/pkgs/blckoutx.zip

Animated/static Win9x/ME logos:


- Windows 9x/ME bootup logo native MS-DOS Driver, info + original logos:
http://web.archive.org/web/20080607223336/http://logosys.logotypes.se/
- XrX Animated Logo Collection:
http://www.xrx.ca/logos/
- Witt's SciFi Logos:
http://www.wittswallpapers.com/SciFiLog/indexscifilogos.html
- Nonags Windows Logos:
http://www.nonags.com/nonags/winlogos.html
- Logo.sys Replacements:
http://www.angelfire.com/my/plinth/logos/logos.html
- Windows Startup + Shutdown Screens:
http://www.camtech2000.net/Pages/Logos.htm
- LitePC Logo Gallery:
http://www.litepc.com/logo.html
E. Put together in the same folder as many 320x400x256 bitmaps as you like
(Zipaper supports a maximum of 500 files in one ZIP archive), and zip them up
with PKZIP, into an archive called LOGOS9X.ZIP. Place LOGOS9X.ZIP in C:\ZIP.
The bitmaps contained in LOGOS9X.ZIP MUST have the .BMP extension to be
recognized and extracted by Zipaper. Zipaper extracts randomly or in order
(you control this with the Zipaper command line parameters) a bitmap from
LOGOS9X.ZIP to the current folder (which MUST be C:\ root), and renames it to
WALPAPER.BMP. Then you MUST rename WALPAPER.BMP to LOGO.SYS, to have it used
as bootup logo. This way you'll see a different (new) startup logo every time
upon (re)boot. Then make these your LAST AUTOEXEC.BAT lines to make all this
happen (example):

IF EXIST C:\LOGO.SYS ATTRIB -H -R -S +A C:\LOGO.SYS


C:\ZIP\ZIPAPER.EXE C:\ZIP\LOGOS9X.ZIP C:\ZIP\PKUNZIP.EXE /NR
IF EXIST C:\LOGO.SYS DEL C:\LOGO.SYS
IF EXIST C:\WALPAPER.BMP REN C:\WALPAPER.BMP LOGO.SYS
WIN.COM %1 %2 %3

The /NR parameter above forces ZIPAPER to extract the BMPs in the order they
are zipped into LOGOS9X.ZIP, each time you run Zipaper, which stores this
information in a file it creates the first time you run it, called
LOGOS9X.ZPA (if your zip file name is LOGOS9X.ZIP), also located in C:\ZIP in
this example.
Run ZIPAPER without any switches from any DOS prompt for usage details.

F. Use one of these free(ware) DOS 16-bit graphics viewers + conversion tools:
- Ombra 7.23 [96 KB]:
http://www.widus.it/ew/rick_stuff/ombra723.zip
More info:
http://www.widus.it/ew/rick.htm
- PictView 1.94 [105 KB]:
http://www.pictview.com/pictview.zip
More info:
http://www.pictview.com/
- ShowJPG 2.81 [22 KB]:
http://www.pictview.com/showjpg.zip
More info:
http://www.pictview.com/showjpg.htm
- Dvpeg 3.0L [153 KB, open source]:
http://sca.uwaterloo.ca/~praetzel/dvpeg/dvpeg30l.zip
More info:
http://sca.uwaterloo.ca/~praetzel/dvpeg/
- MultiMedia (MM) Viewer/Player 1.66 [651 KB]:
http://www.angelfire.com/co/DENDERMOTORS/multm166.zip
More info:
http://www.angelfire.com/co/DENDERMOTORS/coolmind.html
to display a full screen [any VGA/(X)SVGA mode up to 1600x1200 screen
resolution, even in true color: 16 million colors] picture whenever you
start/load Windows from a batch file, replacing the Windows default built-in
startup [read "boring" :)] logo.
These tools require a VESA/VBE 2.0/3.0 compliant video card and MS-DOS 5/6 or
Windows 95/98/ME.
Install them in the same C:\ZIP directory mentioned above, and *READ* their
manuals to learn how to use them.
Add a line to your CONFIG.SYS file for Ombra or PictView, AFTER your last
DEVICE/DEVICEHIGH command, to display your favorite full screen .BMP image
every time you boot (see below), BEFORE starting Windows, while processing
all commands listed in your CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT. It's cool to see a
new picture on the screen, instead of being bored with the same scrolling
messages of drivers/TSRs/programs loading from your CONFIG.SYS and
AUTOEXEC.BAT every time upon bootup. Example of CONFIG.SYS line:

INSTALL=C:\ZIP\OMBRA.EXE /M22 /Q /S C:\ZIP\WALPAPER.BMP

The /Q and /S parameters are MANDATORY, forcing Ombra to return to the DOS
command line to allow processing of the next batch command, while leaving the
picture on the screen.

INSTALL=C:\ZIP\PICTVIEW.EXE C:\ZIP\WALPAPER.BMP 640 --NOCLS --Q

The --NOCLS and --Q parameters are MANDATORY, forcing PictView to return to
the DOS command line to allow processing of the next batch command, while
leaving the picture on the screen.

Then make these your LAST AUTOEXEC.BAT lines, to have ZIPAPER extract a NEW
.BMP file from BMPS.ZIP (also located in C:\ZIP) every time you run it:

C:
CD\ZIP
C:\ZIP\ZIPAPER.EXE C:\ZIP\BMPS.ZIP C:\ZIP\PKUNZIP.EXE /NR
WIN.COM %1 %2 %3

You need to have all (Zipaper supports a maximum of 500 files in one ZIP
archive) your 256 colors (number of colors is optional) full screen VGA
(640x480 or larger) bitmaps, (with the .BMP extension), zipped using PKZIP.EXE
into the BMPS.ZIP archive, and place it also in C:\ZIP.
You can use one of these popular graphic formats with Ombra or PictView: .BMP,
.GIF or .TGA (PictView + ShowJPG support also the .JPG format). Just mention
the file extension on the command line (examples):

C:\ZIP\OMBRA.EXE C:\PICS\MYPIC.GIF /Q /S

or:

C:\ZIP\PICTVIEW.EXE C:\PICS\MYPIC.JPG --NOCLS --Q

G. You can use the same procedure (above) to have a new bitmap displayed as
your desktop background wallpaper, every time you load Windows. All you have
to do is start Win9x from a DOS batch file to include these lines, or add them
at the end of your AUTOEXEC.BAT (example):

C:
CD\ZIP
C:\ZIP\ZIPAPER.EXE C:\ZIP\BMPS.ZIP C:\ZIP\PKUNZIP.EXE /NR
WIN.COM %1 %2 %3

Prior to this, zip up all your full screen size wallpapers/bitmaps (MUST be in
.BMP format), 640x480x256 colors (size and number of colors are optional) into
a zip file called BMPS.ZIP, and place it also in C:\ZIP.

To change your Desktop background wallpaper (use for example


C:\ZIP\WALPAPER.BMP):
1. Place all .BMP files in the directory/folder of your choice.
2. Right-click on an empty Desktop spot.
3. Click Properties.
4. Select the Background tab.
5. Click Browse to select your own bitmap [defaults to .BMP format if Active
Desktop (View as Web Page) is disabled = MS IE 5.xx MUST be installed IF using
Win95/OSR1/OSR2/NT4 to access the Active Desktop feature, which is NOT
necessary to have .BMP files as your Desktop background] located in a folder
on your local hard drive(s)/partition(s).
6. Make sure to check the "Center" box if the screen size is larger than your
selected image.
7. Click OK/Apply.
TIP: MS Plus! for Windows 95, Windows 95B/95C OSR 2.x, 98/98 SE(U), ME, NT4
SP6a, 2000, XP, 2003 + Vista users can stretch the wallpaper size to fit the
entire screen area independent of Desktop size:
- MS Plus! 95 + OSR2: right-click on an empty Desktop spot -> Properties ->
Plus! or Effects tab -> check the "Stretch desktop wallpaper to fit the
screen" box -> click OK/Apply.
- Windows 98, NT4 SP6a, 2000, ME, XP, 2003 + Vista: right-click on an empty
Desktop spot -> Properties -> Background tab -> in the Desktop box scroll to
"Stretch" -> click OK/Apply.
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SPICE UP YOUR DESKTOP

"Spice" up your Windows 9x/NT4/2000/ME/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012 Desktop


background while wasting almost no resources by using MINI.BMP (included), a
small (9x1 pixels) 32-bit (true color = 16 million colors) BitMaP as your
Desktop background:
1. Right-click on an empty Desktop spot.
2. Select Properties.
3. Click the Background tab.
4. Click the Browse button to locate and select MINI.BMP as your Desktop
background Wallpaper.
5. Select Stretch under "Display:" or check the "Stretch desktop wallpaper to
fit the screen" box.
6. Your Desktop screen resolution MUST be set to 16-bit (high color = 65,000
colors) or 32-bit (true color = 16 million colors).
7. Done. ;)

FYI:
You can create/edit your own tiny BMPs to display "custom" patterns:
experiment with different colors + sizes (the sky's the limit) by using a
[free(ware)] painting tool:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#GRA
I have used only basic colors in MINI.BMP, but you can use any color combos
and/or factors: gamma, brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, luminance etc.
If using MS Paint, make sure your Desktop screen resolution is 32-bit (true
color = 16 million colors) before running MSPAINT.EXE. That way you can create
a new BMP of same resolution as your screen from scratch without having to
change BMP resolution from within MS Paint.
Because MINI.BMP is only 9x1 pixels in size, it doesn't matter it is 32-bit
(true color = 16 million colors), it takes very little Windows memory to
display.

Have fun.
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WRAP-UP

* I included here a fun(k)y animated LOGO.SYS to use at Win9x/ME bootup.


Just include this Logo into your zip file that contains your other bitmaps
(LOGOS9X.ZIP mentioned above), and make sure to change its extension to .BMP
FIRST by renaming it to SUNKNWIN.BMP (example), to be recognized by Zipaper
(if using Zipaper).
To replace directly the Microsoft default startup Logo with this one, BACKUP
YOURS FIRST, and then place the included LOGO.SYS into C:\ root (and into H:\
root if using DrvSpace -> see paragraph D above).
You'll see it next time you decide "it's safe" to reboot your computer.
Download more 400x320x256 colors BitMaPs (.BMP format) to use as your Windows
9x/ME logos [1.05 MB, FREEware]:
http://www.mdgx.com/files/95LOGOS.ZIP
See 95LOGOS.TXT for complete details:
http://www.mdgx.com/files/95logos.php

* It's cool to have a bunch of bitmaps in a zip file, so they don't take much
disk space, and have Windows show up a different full screen wallpaper every
time it loads. I have over 450 Windows style desktop wallpapers (with the .BMP
extension), 640x480x256 colors bitmaps, compressed into a single ZIP file
(BMPS.ZIP) which takes only 53 MB. The individual (non-compressed) .BMP files
would occupy over 135 MB!
I also archived 480 Windows logo bitmaps (.BMP), 320x400x256 colors into a
single archive (LOGOS9X.ZIP), to have a different logo shown each time Windows
boots. This zip is 16 MB in size, instead of 48 MB, taken by the actual files.
To make all this work, I start both Windows 98 SE and WfWG 3.11 (using Win98
dual-boot feature) from a batch file called W9X.BAT (included), you can view
with Notepad.

* You can use SUNKNWIN.BMP (included) 640x480 pixels, 256 colors, BitMaP RGB
format as your Desktop background wallpaper.
More pics:
- MYBMPS.ZIP [BMP format, 1.61 MB, FREEware]:
http://www.mdgx.com/files/MYBMPS.ZIP
- AXJPGS.ZIP [JPG format, 1.64 MB, FREEware]:
http://www.mdgx.com/files/AXJPGS.ZIP
- Conny's original artwork:
http://connect.to/conny/
- My Site Logos page:
http://www.mdgx.com/logo.htm

* To use any image in JPEG/JPG/GIF/PNG format as your Desktop background


wallpaper you need to install MS Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 [84.1 MB, English,
free]:
http://www.mdgx.com/ietoy.htm#IE55
if using Windows 95/OSR1/OSR2/NT4 and then enable Active Desktop (View As Web
Page) if using Windows 95/OSR1/OSR2/98/NT4/ME/2000.
In Windows XP, 2003, Vista, 2008 + 7 Active Desktop is always enabled.

* 32-bit tools to change/manage Windows


9x/NT4/2000/ME/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012 Desktop background wallpapers
[mostly free(ware)]:
- "WINDOWS 9x/NT/2000/ME/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012 GRAPHICS EDITORS" in
SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#GRA
- Wallpaper Changer:
http://www.wallpaperchanger.de/
- Windows XP Fun Pack Wallpaper Changer Power Toy:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=ce1d596b-6851-4948-ab76-
b5ff22d37d69
Wallpaper Changer [183 KB]:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/a/4/4a445a53-7e5a-44ef-a105-
78809d9726d3/powertoys_wpchanger.exe
- WallMagician:
http://www.blueorbsoft.com/wallmagician/
- Paper:
http://krapplets.cream.org/paper.shtml
- Ultimate Wallpaper Changer:
http://www.jefflorenzini.com/wallpaper.html
- Wallpaper Manager:
http://www.appcontrols.com/software/wallpaperman.html
- Random BackGround:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Desktop-Enhancements/Other-Desktop-
Enhancements/Random-BackGround.shtml
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