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73. Add Logo And Support Information

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Adding support information and a company logo to Windows Vista is not as simple as it was in Windows XP. While you still require the 'OEMLOGO.BMP' file, everything else is put together in the Windows registry rather than, as in previous versions, creating the relevant files and moving them to the Windows\system32 folder.

While the procedure outlined below does look a little daunting, it is actually easier to accomplish than it actually looks, so here goes:

1/ First and foremost you need to create your company logo. This you can do in most photo editing or design software, such as Photoshop, Paint, Paintshop Pro, etc. The important thing to remember is that the logo size should not exceed 120 x 120 pixels.

2/ Once your logo has been created save it as OEMLOGO.bmp and then you are ready to go to work on the Windows registry. At this point it is always wise to back up the registry prior to making any changes: See: 35. Back Up The Registry

3/ Open the registry by Clicking the Start button then, from the Start menu, Click All programs followed by Accessories and then Run.

4/ In the Run dialog box type: regedit and press OK.

5/ When the registry opens navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

6/ Under the CurrentVersion list look for an entry marked OEMInformation. If this key does not exist then you will need to create it as follows: Right Click the CurrentVersion key and, from the drop down menu, Click New followed by Key. In the Key dialogue box type: OEMInformation and then Press Enter.

7/ If the OEMInformation key already exists, Right Click on it and, from the drop down menu, Select New followed by String Value.

8/ In the String Value box type: Logo and then Press Enter.

9/ Now Right Click on the Logo key you just created and, from the drop down menu, select Modify.

10/ In the Modify box type the path to your logo file, for example: c:\user\documents\OEMLOGO.bmp and then Click the OK button.

11/ Next Right Click on the OEMInformation key again and Select New followed by String Value.

12/ In the String Value box type: Manufacturer and Press Enter.

13/ Now Right Click the Manufacturer key you just created and Select Modify.

14/ In the Modify box type the Manufacturer name you wish to use or your own name, if you wish and then Click the OK button.

15/ Again Right Click on the OEMInformation key again and Select New followed by String Value.

16/ In the String Value box type: SupportHours and Press Enter.

17/ Now Right Click the SupportHours key you just created and Select Modify.

18/ In the Modify box type Your support hours, i.e., Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm and then Click the OK button.

19/ Again Right Click on the OEMInformation key again and Select New followed by String Value.

20/ In the String Value box type: SupportPhone and Press Enter.

21/ Now Right Click the SupportPhone key you just created and Select Modify.

22/ In the Modify box type Your support phone number, and then Click the OK button.

23/ Again Right Click on the OEMInformation key again and Select New followed by String Value.

24/ In the String Value box type: SupportURL and Press Enter.

25/ Now Right Click the SupportURL key you just created and Select Modify.

26/ In the Modify box type Your support website URL, and then Click the OK button.

27/ Finally Close the Windows registry.

28/ Now Click the Start button and then Click My Computer.

29/ From the drop down menu, Click Properties.

30/ In the Properties window under the System Section you will see your Logo and other information displayed.