Configuring a startup progress bar

I'm building a system for home use. I would like to configure the startup sequence to display a progress bar instead of scary verbose text. I was thinking something like the "Starting Windows..." screen here:

Or perhaps an idle scrolling progress bar.

The progress bar may not actually need to be connected to anything. Though I would be open to the potential of attaching it to startup items, like this example with Mac OS X 10.3 (@ 1 minute):


As long as it looks like something is happening instead of a static splash screen.