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welcome_1.0.sea_.bin (22.38 KB)
MD5: 6031b97ecc5417fbcfd1d2e612e75529
For System 1 - 5 - System 7.0 - 7.6
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welcome_1.2.1.sea_.bin (49.63 KB)
MD5: d52c86cafc608cedd300ecb722a4bc11
For System 1 - 5 - System 7.0 - 7.6
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This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II, Mini vMac

This is a very tiny program (8 KB). Here is an excerpt of the original ReadMe file (also included):

Welcome is a simple application which allows you to edit
the “Welcome to Macintosh.” message that is displayed when
the Mac boots.

Welcome comes with no warranty, use it at your own risk.

Welcome offers you a standard dialog box with the current boot
message and allows you to edit it. Some important points:
1. You can't place special characters (e.g. tabs or returns)
in the text.
2. The text won't be word wrapped at boot time.
3. You can force the message to begin a new line by
placing a slash ‘/’ in the message. The slash won't be

Welcome edits the boot message from the currently open System
file. Some virus detection programs might complain about Welcome's
actions, if so you'll have to turn them off. GateKeeper and Disinfectant
Init have no problem with Welcome (i.e. there is no need to turn either
of these off before running Welcome). To edit the message on another
disk you will have to first restart with that disk.

If your boot message get corrupted, you can replace it completely
by using ResEdit to copy the DSAT 0 resource from an original system

Architecture: 68k

Version 1.0 will run on System 4.2 or later, but it will display an error message and quit if you try to run it on Mac OS 8.0 or later
Version 1.2.1 works on System 4.2-7.5.5, but not Mac OS 7.6
Attempting to run any version of Welcome on System 4.1 or earlier causes either an ID = 03 bomb screen or an infinite loop with the spinning-clock cursor.


IWishTodayWasStill2004's picture
by IWishTodayWasSt... - 2012, May 26 - 10:23am

Welcome 1.3 also allowed changing the "Welcome to Macintosh.", "Debugger installed", and "Extensions off" messages in a ZSYS/MACS file other than the currently open "System" file. However, I don't have a copy of Welcome 1.3, but does anyone else have a copy of it?

iig's picture
by iig - 2010, October 22 - 5:10pm

You can also change the startup picture(in later versions of mac os) by editing the PICT resource Tongue .

Vitoarc's picture
by Vitoarc - 2010, October 22 - 5:23pm

Thanks Balrog!

[EDIT] With a little searching, I found this supplemental information:

Balrog's picture
by Balrog - 2010, October 22 - 4:47pm

System file (work on a copy!) -- the DSAT 0 resource within it.

Vitoarc's picture
by Vitoarc - 2010, October 22 - 4:15pm

True, but power tools without the power (instructions) are useless.

If someone would mention the name of the file that should be edited, that would be appreciated. Wink

iig's picture
by iig - 2010, October 22 - 3:11pm

If you want another tool that can do this, get ResEdit. It can be used for a lot more things to!

Vitoarc's picture
by Vitoarc - 2010, September 5 - 9:15pm

The current link for the download is broken. Use the June 16 link.

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2009, November 17 - 6:15pm

Now as .sit file instead of .zip file like before.

Games-n-Apps's picture
by Games-n-Apps - 2009, June 16 - 9:54pm

Well, many users are afraid of using ResEdit, and this of course is an application to handle extremely carefully. This program ('Welcome') does nothing other than what you did then.
And, as I always add about ResEdit; work on copies, and if it goes to editing the system files, make sure to have an external drive to startup from to backup.
The information about 'RAM Doubler' appears there after the installation of the Connectics software.

Balrog's picture
by Balrog - 2009, June 6 - 2:05am

Heh, I remember doing this with ResEdit Smile