How to Unlock Vista’s Hidden Boot Screen

To do this, click Start, type msconfig in the search field and press enter.
Run msconfig. (If a UAC prompt pops up click continue)


Select the boot tab of the System Configuration Window and check the box next to “No GUI boot”.
Click Apply and OK.
Restart your computer. 

When it starts back up, instead of the standard boot screens, you will be presented with the image below.


No GUI Boot Screen
No GUI Boot Screen


If you dont like it you can revert back to the defauld by following the instructions and unchecking the No GUI Boot option.