XP hacks How to Brand Windows XP

Posted by Shashank Krishna Friday, January 9, 2009


sharethis: Did you ever notice how when you buy a from one of the big computer manufacturers your computer has their name and logo in many different parts of the computer? How would you like to replace their branding information with your own? Or if you built your own computer, why not brand it?

Branding system properties

Every time you right-click My Computer and select Properties or click the System applet item in the Control Panel, you will be shown branding information on the general information screen of System Properties. This screen is usually customized by computer manufacturers to display their logo, as well as general information such as the model number and support notes.If you would like to change this information or brand a PC that you made yourself, this section will show you how to accomplish this in just a few easy steps.To get started, assume that your computer is not branded and that you are going to be doing this for the first time. If your computer was already branded, then instead of creating the files that I will mention, just replace them with your versions. Follow these steps to do branding of your own:

1. There are two parts to branding your computer. The first part is creating an image to be displayed on the System Properties General tab. The image must be a bitmap and be no larger than 180 x 115 pixels. Once you have created your file, name it oemlogo.bmp and save it in C:\Windows\System32 folder.
2. Now that you have to get the logo out of the way, you will need to create a file with all of the text that you want to appear on the screen next to it.To do this, open up Notepad and key in the following code. Feel free to replace the text to the right of the = with anything you want.

[General]
Manufacturer=Your Systems
Model=Stuff Put Together
[Support Information]
Line1=No support is provided in English
Line2=Guaranteed to work for at least 5 days
Line3=87% restocking fee for all returns
Line4=Returns only accepted at FFC warehouse in N.W.T

3. Once you have your text in the right format, click the File menu bar item and select Save As.
4. Save the file as oeminfo.ini in your C:\Windows\System32 folder. Make sure to change the Save As file type to All Files instead of .txt so that the file is saved with the correct file extension.If everything went well, the next time you look at the System Properties screen, you should see your new branding information.
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