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Registry Hack??

by Rick Rasmussen / March 2, 2004 9:52 AM PST

Hi there.

I have an NEC Versa LXi notebook. PIII600MHz / 128MBRam / Win98SE.

On the "System Properties" screen, I would like to put my own info in there. ie: There is a graphic in the lower left part of the window. I would like to put my own graphic in there. Also, I will be giving this machine to my daughter and I want to list my info in the "Support Information" tab. Is this info hidden in the registry somewhere?

I seem to recall a long time back someone mentioning how to go about doing this, but I can't seem to find the info.

Also, as a side bar, how do you search for a topic now that the forums have changed? (I've been gone a while.)

Thanks for the help.


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Re:Registry Hack??
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 2, 2004 10:28 AM PST
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by Rick Rasmussen / March 2, 2004 11:42 AM PST
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Thanks Robert.

That was exactly what I needed.

As usual, you came through again.


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Re:Registry Hack??
by Rick Rasmussen / March 3, 2004 7:16 AM PST
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Hey Bob,

I have looked around at this site and at the MS Tech Net site. I can only find references to using this on Win95/98. Do you know if these can be applied to Win 2K OS's?

All I had to do was change the oemlogo.bmp file and oeminfo.ini file. In the Win98 OS, these are in the Windows/System folder. I don't know what the counterpart would be in Win2K.

Can I just save the same information in the WinNT/System folder?



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MS was not consistant in this area.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 3, 2004 9:03 AM PST
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I don't do this often since we found the end users to prefer "stock" installs that we didn't "enhance."

For Windows 2000, use Google, but try "Windows 2000" OEM CUSTOMIZING for the search.


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Re:Registry Hack??
by n3tCr33p / March 7, 2004 9:40 PM PST
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This info is taken from the Windows Registry Guide. Get it at:

This tip lets you include company and support information on the System Properties page in Control Panel. This is especially useful if you run a computer store and want your customers to be reminded where they bought their PC and where to get technical support.

To add the manufacturer and support information you need to create two new files in the Windows system directly, normally "C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM" for Windows 95, 98 and Me and "C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32" for Windows NT and 2000.

The first file is a text file called "OEMINFO.INI". To create the file open notepad and copy the template below, make any changes and save the file in the System directory.


Manufacturer=Your Company, Inc.
Model=Your Computer Model

[Support Information]
Line1=first line of support information
Line2=second line
Line3=third line
Line4=fourth line
LineN=nth line
; Create as many lines as you need by incrementing the Line number

The other file you need to create is a logo file. This is a standard Windows bitmap file (172 x 172 pixels), saved as "OEMLOGO.BMP" in the Windows System directory.

Once you have created both these files open System Properties from Control Panel and your company information and logo will be displayed. The details you entered in the [Support Information] section will show up when you click on the Support Information button.

Note: To display a logo you must create a 172x172 (pixel) bitmap image and save it as OEMLOGO.BMP in the Windows system directory.

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