May 22 2008

Add your Own Custom Logo and Support Info into Vista

PC vendors often customize the System Properties screen to show off their logo and to add support info you can readily see,but if you built your own computer or build them for other people you can customize your System Properties screen to show your logo and support information or anything else you want. To see what it looks like now right click Computer on your desktop and choose properties or use the Win+Break key.

Here?s how to add the extra info.

To Create the Logo:

  1. Fire up your favorite photo editing program and create a 120 x 120 pixel image.
  2. Customize it however you like, add a graphic, text or whatever.
  3. Name it oemlogo.bmp Make sure you save it as a .bmp and not anything else.
  4. Save it in the C:WindowsSystem32 folder.

Adding the Support info:

You will need to edit the Registry for this step, so to be safe create a System Restore point first.

If you don’t want to edit the registry The IntelliAdmin created a cool program you can download to do the hard work for you. Download it here.

  1. Click the Start Orb and type Regedit in the search box.
  2. Click Regedit.exe at the top of the search results under programs.
  3. if you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.
  4. Navigate to the following key
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionOEMInformation
  5. In the right hand pane you should see the following info.
    Manufacturer
    Model
    SupportHours
    SupportPhone
    SupportURL
    Logo
  6. If the area is blank or some of the above is missing, it’s easy to add.
  7. Right click in the right hand pane and choose New > String Value.
  8. Name the value to one of the above.
  9. Double click the newly named string and enter what you want it to say. Do that for each of the words above except Logo. When you double click the Logo key enter the location where you put the file. C:Windowssystem32oemlogo.bmp
  10. Exit the registry editor.

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