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Branding Your Computer

Friday, April 6th, 2007 by | Filed Under: System Tune-Up Help
 
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Branding Your Computer

Guess what! I have some great news for all of you! Today, I’m going to show you how to make some very cool modifications to your computer. I’ll share with you how you can make your experience with Windows XP a whole lot easier and more fun too!

For this tip, I’ll be showing you a couple of ways you can modify Windows to personalize and brand it. You know, just to make sure everybody knows it’s yours! We’ll start off with the system properties window. By default, a computer’s system properties window looks like this:

To access that, right click on the My Computer icon on your desktop and select Properties. Some of you may have a manufacturer logo below the Windows logo. If so, how would you like to add your logo and some text there? I thought you might be interested, so let’s do it!

1.) First, an image must be created to place there. For that, I’ll be using Microsoft’s Paint program, which is included on all Windows computers. To access that, go to Start, All Programs, Accessories and choose Paint.



2.) Since the image can be no larger than 180×115 pixels, we need to resize the canvas. To do so, go up to Image and select Attributes. In the box that appears, select Pixels as the measurement unit and enter in the correct units, shown once again below. Then click OK.



3.) You can use the tools located on the toolbar to create your logo. I used the fill tool to make a black background and the text tool to make white text. I also copied and pasted a small clip art of a computer. You can do whatever you want with this. Just choose something that will help personalize your computer for your very own. Here’s what I came up with:



4.) Now, go up to File, Save As and save the file in the directory of C:\Windows\System32 with the name of oemlogo.bmp.

That does it for the logo. Now, let’s move on to entering the text. We will be using Notepad for this part.

1.) Get to Notepad by going to Start, All Programs, Accessories, Notepad.

2.) Next, copy and paste the information below into the text area. You won’t want it to be exactly the same as mine (there’s more on that below), but go ahead and copy and paste it all first. Then, once you have it in Notepad, you can change everything to read what you want. That way, you’ll know for sure that you have the basics entered in correctly.

[General]
Manufacturer=Neil’s PC
Model=Dell Inspiron 8100
[Support Information]
Line1=This PC was created
Line2=by Neil Patel
Line3=Enjoy using it!
Line4=*************

3.) After you have that pasted in, replace everything after the equal signs (=) with your own information. You can add more lines at the end too, but be sure to use the same format as I did.

4.) Once you have that the way you want it, go up to File and choose Save As. Again, save the file in the directory of C:\Windows\System32, but this time, under the name of oeminfo.ini. Also, be sure to change the file type to All Files instead of Text Document.

If you did this correctly, the next time you check your system properties, your new information should be there. Be sure to click the Support Information link to see your custom message.



Another great mod is editing the text on the Start button. Everybody who uses your computer looks at that, so it’s a great way to express your individuality. Now, there is a manual way to execute this mod, but a nifty program called Start Button Renamer makes it much easier to do. You can download that program right here. There is no installation necessary, so just double click the icon called StartBtn.



Now, just type the text you want your Start button to read in the box and click Rename It. Viola! Your start button has been changed. Look at my new Start button below. I love it!

I have one more mod for you today and that’s posting a box to come up every time you log on and off your computer. Now, once again, there is away to do this manually, but you can use this simple script I found for you instead. It’s much easier that way. You can download the script here and then open it up. You will see this screen:



Just enter the log in text you want and click OK. Then enter the log off text you prefer and click OK.



Now, whenever you (or other users) log on and off, you will see the designated message. How awesome is that?!

I hope you enjoy all of today’s mods!

~ Neil Patel

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