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Branding Your Machines - Windows 2000/XP/2003
This article is for Windows 2000, XP and Server 2003 machines. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 2008 / 2008 R2 then you should follow this article.
If you have purchased a machine from one of the big manufacturers, you will have seen that they have customised the "System Properties" window with their own logo.
This is useful if you build your own computers, or in a larger office allowing you to place the company branding on the machines along with details on how to contact your internal support department.
All you have to do is create the files which are very specific and place them in the location.
Support Information Text
Open a new notepad document and copy the text below in to it.
Replace the text with your chosen information.
For example, to get the text shown in the screenshot on the right.. we used the following text:
When creating your own text, it is important that you follow the pattern shown.
Saving the File
Once you have finished creating the file, you need to save it.
Support Information Logo
The logo also needs to be created in a specific way.
The image can be no larger than 182 pixels x 114 pixels. It can be smaller, but anything larger will be cropped. The file also needs to be in ".bmp" format. You will probably want to create a special image for this application so that you can make the best use of the space.
As it is a bitmap, you cannot make use of transparency options, so we suggest that you put your logo in a contrasting colour as in our example screenshot. This will ensure that no matter what colour scheme is in use, the image looks as you want.
However with Windows XP (and Windows 2003 Server), if you use an image that is smaller than the optimum size, then Windows will just centre it in the available space.
Saving the File
Once you have created the image, you need to save it with a special file name: "oemlogo.bmp". No other name can be used.
Positioning the Files
Once you have created the files, they need to be positioned correctly. Both files need to be located in the same place. As an alternative, you could use one of the batch files below.
Windows XP, 2003 Server
Windows 95, 98, ME
Once the files are in place, you will be able to see the changes immediately. Right click on "My Computer" and choose "Properties". If you make further changes to the files then these will also be seen immediately.
Single File Set
If you are using the same files for all operating systems, then you can use this batch file. This file will work out the correct location for the files and copy them to the appropriate location.
Multiple File Set
If you are deploying to Windows 2000 and Windows XP with different logos, then you might want to consider an automated batch file deployment.
If you do not see anything, check the names of the files - as they must be as shown.